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The Latest: Relative identifies man shot, suspected prank

WICHITA, Kan. – The Last officer to shoot, killing the man during the investigation of a false report (all times are local):

12:30 pm

A family member has determined that a man shot and killed by the police is investigating a false report of a murder and hostage situation in Kansas.

Madeline Finch says the man killed Thursday in a Wichita house was her nephew, Andrew Finch. She said the family is “sad”, but refused to comment further. The police are investigating whether the call that led the police to the house was a so-called “swatting” prank in which someone makes a false report to get a SWAT team to descend on a house.

Deputy police chief Troy Livingston says a 28-year-old man was shot to death when he came to the front door. Livingston does not say what caused the officer to shoot the man if he was armed. No one else was injured in the house.

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11:30 pm

The authorities are investigating whether a deadly police shooting in Wichita, coming from someone who is a false message to get a SWAT team to descend on a home, in a practice known as ” swatting.”

Deputy police chief Troy Livingston says the shooting happened Thursday when an officer responds to a report that someone had accidentally fatally shot and three people were taken hostage. He says that a 28-year-old man was shot to death when he came to the front door. No one else was injured in the house.

Livingston does not say what caused the officer to shoot, or that the man was armed. WIBW-TV reports that he says that the police are investigating whether the call was a joke.

Swatting is probably more common among the online gaming community.

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8:50 pm

Police say an officer has shot and killed a man in Wichita during the investigation, a report of a murder and hostage taking that was later found to be false.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the shooting happened on Thursday evening. Deputy police chief Troy Livingston says the agent responds to a report that someone had accidentally fatally shot and that the shooter was with three people hostage. He said a 28-year-old man was shot to death when he came to the front door.

Livingston does not say what caused the officer to shoot the man if he was armed. Livingston has said that as officers were in the house, they couldn’t find anyone with gunshot wounds. Several people in the home are interviewed as part of an investigation into the shooting.

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Information from: WIBW-TV.

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