Authorities have decided not to file charges against a Wichita police officer who shot and killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch last December, the Wichita Eagle reports. The deadly confrontation occurred after a man made a hoax 911 call posing as a deranged gunman who was holding his family hostage.
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Police say the caller was Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old Los Angeles man with a history of engaging in similar stunts. Barriss was allegedly recruited to make the call by a gamer who was angry about a dispute involving a Call of Duty bet with a second gamer. But the second gamer, who was Barriss’ intended target, lied about his address. Instead, he gave out a random address which belonged to Finch, who had nothing whatsoever to do with the Call of Duty bet.
The officer who shot Finch has not been identified. But District Attorney Marc Bennett said on Thursday that he saw Finch reaching toward his waistband and believed that he was reaching for a weapon. In reality, Finch was unarmed.