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Mother Of Man Killed After Swatting Call: 'It Could Have Happened To Your Child'

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The mother of a Wichita man who was fatally shot by a police officer last month in a swatting incident says she is seeking justice.

"It’s been horrible. It’s just unbelievable," Lisa Finch told reporters during a Tuesday press conference with her attorney outside of City Hall. "It has affected me. It has affected my health and not just me, the entire family."

Finch filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Wichita and the officers involved in the shooting death of her 28-year-old son, Andrew.

A Wichita police officer shot Andrew Finch at his home on Dec. 28 during an investigation into an emergency call later determined to be a case of swatting, when a person makes up a false report to get emergency responders to descend on an address.

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Police have said officers told Finch to put his hands up and move slowly, and that Finch moved a hand toward the area of his waistband. Police have also said an officer who feared Finch was reaching for a gun fired a single shot.

Finch was unarmed. 

"What everybody needs to think about," Lisa Finch said, "that this a real possibility that it could have happened to your child or your relative."

The officers involved have not been identified.

A California man is accused of making the hoax call. Tyler Barriss is in custody at the Sedgwick County Jail charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Barriss is not named as a defendant in the Finch family's civil lawsuit.

City Attorney Jennifer Magana issued a statement Tuesday saying that "after the City of Wichita is served with the lawsuit, it will be reviewed and an appropriate response filed.”


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Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.