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Police Kill A Man At His Home While Responding To A Fake Call

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WICHITA, Ks. (CNN) - A prank call to police led to a man's death at a home in Wichita, Kansas -- and a man in California has been arrested in connection with the crime.

It's another example of swatting, or a prank in which people falsely report horrific crimes to draw large numbers of law enforcement or SWAT teams.

In Wichita, a 28-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday after police responded to a call about a shooting involving hostages. Family members identified the man as Andrew Thomas Finch, CNN affiliate KAKE reported.

    The suspect is Tyler Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Lopez said Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon after the Wichita Police Department issued a fugitive warrant. He could be in court as early as Tuesday.

    Barriss was arrested in 2015 for calling in fake bomb threats to CNN affiliate KABC, Glendale Police Sergeant Victor Jackson told CNN.

    In the Wichita prank call, the caller said someone had an argument with their mother; that the father was accidentally shot; and that a brother, a sister and the mother were held hostage, Wichita police Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said.

    "We learned through that call that the father was deceased, shot in the head. So that's the information we were working off of," Livingston said. "Our officers came here preparing for a hostage situation. Several got in position. A male came to the front door, and one of our officers discharged his weapon."

    Police shot Finch after they say he moved his hands to his waistline, Livingston said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died. Livingston said Finch was not armed.

    Three or four people from the home were taken to be interviewed. Nobody was found dead at the home.

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