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Call of Duty player’s swatting prank results in deadly police shooting of Kansas man


A feud between two Call of Duty players, who argued after an online wagered match reportedly worth just $1.50, led to the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man ... of killing innocent people in their own homes, regardless of the source of the threat.


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Web Gaming US & World Swatting over Call of Duty game results in deadly police shooting of Kansas man New, 176 comments The victim was unrelated to the online feud By Nick Statt@nickstatt Dec 29, 2017, 2:37pm EST share tweet Linkedin Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images A feud between two Call of Duty players led to the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man, who was shot and killed by police after a fraudulent 911 call sent a SWAT team to the man’s private homeThe news was first reported by local newspaper The Wichita Eagle, which cites numerous now-deleted tweets in which Call of Duty players take responsibility for participating in or observing the intended prank, which came after an argument about an online wagered match reportedly worth just $1.50One player allegedly provided a fake address to someone with a history of calling in fake threatsThat person, later identified and arrested by the LAPD, proceeded to embroil the innocent stranger in the feud, according to independent cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs The move, known as swatting, involves a disgruntled internet user calling in a fake threat of violence, typically a murder and hostage situation invented by the caller, and doing so anonymously by using software to mask their identity and locationThat results in an excessive display of force from police, who have no other information to go on and typically respond to such calls with an extraordinary amount of aggression Worse: The squabble that led to the fatal swatting reportedly started over a $1.50 wagered match in the online game Call of Duty https://t.co/oUAeuGIg36 Source: https://t.co/ixEvckgX00…— briankrebs (@briankrebs) December 29, 2017 It’s unclear whether an act of swatting has ever resulted in someone’s death before, but numerous people in the past have been severely injured in such situations over online feuds that often do not involve the victim in any way whatsoeverSWAT teams also have a disturbing history of killing innocent people in their own homes, regardless of the source of the threatThe alleged perpetuator of the swatting attack, who went by the Twitter handle “SWauTistic” before changing his handle and then deleting his account entirely, reportedly admitted to calling in a false bomb threat against the Federal Communications Commission over the net neutrality decision, according to KrebsPolice today identified the man as 25-year-old Los Angeles resident Tyler Barriss In this case, Wichita local Andrew Finch, whose family members say did not play video games and was a father of two young boys, answered his door only to face down a SWAT team-level responseAllegedly, one officer immediately fired upon Finch, who later died at a hospitalIt’s unclear why Finch, who is said not to have had a weapon on him, was fired uponThe Wichita Eagle reports that the police department is investigating the issue, which occurred late Thursday night Update at 5:47PM ET, 12/29: Added additional information from independent security journalist Brian Krebs’ report on the swatting and identity of the perpetrator Update at 2:48PM ET, 12/30: Added additional information regarding the LAPD’s identification and arrest of the suspectThe headline has also been changed to reflect the new information Next Up In Gaming The LAPD has arrested a man in connection with the Kansas swatting death Kodi media player arrives on the Xbox One Soon you’ll have no excuse to ignore one of the best games about love and infidelity The weirdest pop culture of 2017 The Verge 2017 tech report card: Nintendo Nintendo is reportedly delaying 64GB game cartridges until 2019 Now Trending The LAPD has arrested a man in connection with the Kansas swatting death The suspect allegedly called in the threat on behalf of the gamers Apple’s $29 iPhone battery swap is now available, sooner than promised Cheaper battery replacements for all of 2018 Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdown drama, will offer $29 battery replacements for a year Your sealed-in battery is a "consumable component" ChorusAds.cmd.push(function() {ChorusAds.addVariable("trending_sidebar", ["true"])}); Command Line Command Line delivers daily updates from the near-future. email address... 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