Mother of Wichita man killed by police: 'The cop murdered my son'

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The mother of a Wichita man who was killed by an officer responding to a false report says her son was "murdered."

Lisa Finch says she saw the red and blue lights in the windows of her home near McCormick and Seneca. She says her son, Andrew Finch, opened the front door because he heard something outside.

"He screamed and then they shot him," Lisa said. "He was unarmed. There were no guns found in the house." 

Lisa Finch says after the officer shot her 28-year-old son, she and two others were ordered to exit the home with their hands up.

"They took me, my roommate and my granddaughter, who witnessed the shooting and had to step on over her dying uncle's body, to come.... They took us outside with no shoes on and handcuffed us."

Andrew Finch was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Why didn't they give him the same warning that they gave us?" the distraught mother said. "I mean, that cop murdered my son."

Officers were called to the home at around 6:15 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of a man who had shot and killed is father and was holding his brother, sister and mother hostage. That report turned out to be false, and investigators determined the incident was the result "swatting."

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Lisa said the officer questioning her said the false report had to do with gaming and had come in over the internet.

"They had to get the IP address, and that's what they were working on last," Lisa Finch said. 

Thursday's shooting was the second officer-involved shooting in two days. Click here for KAKE's coverage of Wednesday's pursuit and shooting.

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In October of 2015, a "swatting" call led nearly 20 Wichita officers to surround a home near Central and Maize Road. The caller said he had shot his girlfriend and would also shoot his parents if officers approached the home.

Police later learned that the call was false and did not come from the home.

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