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Police blame prankster for Wichita shooting

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WICHITA, Kan. -

Police in Wichita, Kansas, say a prankster who lured police to a home in a "swatting" incident is responsible for a fatal officer-involved shooting.
  
A 28-year-old man was fatally shot by an officer Thursday. Relatives have identified him as Andrew Finch.
  
Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said at a news conference Friday that a prankster called 911 claiming to be an occupant of the home, saying he had shot his father and was holding his mother and a sibling hostage.
  
When police showed up, Finch went to the front door. Livingston says that when Finch reached toward his waistband, an officer feared he had a gun and shot him.
  
Livingston says Finch was unarmed and no one in the house was hurt.
  
The practice of making a false report to get a SWAT team to a location is known as "swatting." It is most common among online gamers, but relatives say Finch was not a gamer.

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