Suit moving forward against Kansas officer in hoax call

Wichita police officer shot an innocent man while responding to a hoax call in a dispute between online gamers.


State News

June 22, 2020 - 8:56 AM

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A judge on Friday ruled that a lawsuit can move forward against a Wichita police officer who fatally shot an innocent man in 2017 while responding to a hoax emergency call stemming from a dispute between two online gamers.

The death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch drew national attention to “swatting,” a form of retaliation in which someone reports a false emergency to get authorities to descend on an address. The address the gamers used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the dispute or video game.

U.S. District Judge John W. Broomes in a 57-page decision refused to grant Officer Justin Rapp’s request for summary judgment in the federal lawsuit filed by Finch’s family. 

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