Police: Hoax 911 call resulted in a fatal shooting
Wichita police believe the call was a case of ‘swatting’, in which a false report is made to a SWAT team to descend on an address.
Multiple billboards to see in Kansas on Friday called for the prosecution of a police officer after he shot and killed an unarmed man during a fake emergency call from last year.
Andrew Finch, 28, was killed in December after a prankster called 911 with a sham story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch’s Wichita house. The police called the hoax call it a case of ‘swatting’, where a person makes a false accusation to a SWAT team to the target address.
The suspicious man behind the false report, Tyler Barriss, is currently behind bars on $500,000 bond. He was indicted for involuntary manslaughter, the giving of a false alarm, interfering with the enforcement of the law, and the false report of a crime.
Billboards are popping up in the city #Wichita, looking for justice for #AndrewFinch and the cost for the officer who killed him. His mother spoke to @KAKEnews want to thank whoever paid for the ad. I’ll have more on KAKE News at 10:00 pm pic.twitter.com/PxELV1H3KD
— KAKE Bryan Ramsdale (@BryanRamsdale) March 16, 2018
The police said that during the fatal SWAT raid, officers asked Finch his hands up and move slowly. He moved allegedly put his hand in the direction of the area of his waistband – prompting a policeman to shoot him, afraid he was for the reach of a gun. Finch was unarmed, the police later admitted.
But the family of the victim and the local community are not satisfied with the explanation and call for the prosecution of the police officer who shot Finch during the raid, KWCH reported.
Four billboards were built over the city to read: “ANDY FINCH IS DEAD. IF YOU BELIEVE IN JUSTICE, IT IS TIME TO FILE CHARGES.” The group itself “justice for Andy” is behind the message, although the group remains unclear.
Billboards express want to for the charges in shooting death of Andrew Finch on “swatting” call: https://t.co/fFEatyIUn3 #KWCH12 pic.twitter.com/P5r9FHGCDK
— KWCH Eyewitness News (@KWCH12) on March 16, 2018
Lisa Finch, the victim, the mother, told KWCH that she is glad to see that the billboards.
“This is really important for people. Complete strangers are willing to do things on behalf of my son, and a grieving mother who lost a son, I can’t describe what that means to me, ” she said. “It just makes it a little easier to deal with to know that so many people care about what is going on with my son.”
“ANDY FINCH IS DEAD. IF YOU BELIEVE IN JUSTICE, IT IS TIME TO FILE CHARGES.”
– Billboard in Kansas
Finch’s struggle for the police officer continued began earlier this year. Chicago civil rights attorney Andrew M. Stroth, who represents the family, said the family wants to be Wichita and the police be held accountable.
“Justice for the family Finch is criminal charges against the shooting officer and other responsible officers as well as damages against the city of Wichita for the policies and practices of the Police,” Stroth said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.