Mother Of 'Swatting' Victim Wants Answers From Police

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After police officers fatally shot a 28-year-old man at his home in Wichita, Kansas, the man's mother is demanding answers and her son's body.

According to CNN, in a letter to Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Finch pleaded: “Please let me see my son’s lifeless body. ... I want to hold him and say goodbye.  Please immediately return his body to us.”

Lisa explained in the letter that she doesn't know where her son’s body is being kept, but she wants “a proper funeral service and burial.”

On Dec. 28, officers responded to a prank emergency call known as swatting.

Pranksters who practice swatting report high-level crimes to police departments in the hope that the officers will respond with heavily armed units like SWAT teams.  An extremely violent crime or a crime with the potential for violence can receive this SWAT-like response.

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Swatters use caller ID hacking techniques to conceal their numbers when calling emergency lines. The FBI calculates that there are roughly 400 swatting cases per year. 

At a police briefing in City Hall on Dec. 29, Deputy Chief Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department said: “It was a shooting call involving hostages. [During the] original call, we were told someone had an argument with their mother and dad was accidentally shot. And now that person was holding mother, brother and sister hostage. That was the information we were working off of.”

After officers received the call, they rushed to the corresponding address and surrounded the house.

“A male came to the front door; as he came to the front door, one of our officers discharged his weapon,” Livingston said.

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Andrew Finch, Lisa’s son, was shot to death by an officer who reportedly fired because Andrew lowered his hands to his waist.  Later, it was revealed that Finch was unarmed.

Police then handcuffed and interviewed the family members in order to gain information.  

In her letter, Lisa wrote eight questions for Wichita's mayor and police chief, asking questions such as why the officers placed her family in handcuffs and interrogated them after police shot her son, why the officer who killed her son hadn’t been identified, and the location of her son’s body.

After an investigation, officers tracked a man whom they suspected was the perpetrator behind the prank call. Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested in connection with the hoax, according to Officer Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sources: CNN, The Wichita Eagle (2) / Featured Image: U.S. Army Materiel Command/Flickr / Embedded Images: KSN News, Finch Family via NBC News

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