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

Posted: Updated:
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."

Kansas law makes some false police calls felony

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.

Gaming firm helping Wichita police in officer-involved shooting probe


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.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have a photo to share with us? Email it to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

  • Most Popular Stories

    • Closings & Delays

      The latest list of school and weather-related closings and delays.

    • Valley Center teen dies after rollover crash

      A morning rollover crash kills one teen and injures another. The accident happened on I-135 near Harry Street exit around 9:43 a.m. this morning. 

    • Tabor college swimmers honor coach's wife

      Five Tabor College swimmers shaved their heads to support and honor their coach's wife.

    • Shocker great Antoine Carr weighs in on Shocker skid

      The Shockers lost a second straight conference game Saturday in Houston. The loss marked the first time since February of 2013 that Wichita State dropped back-to-back games in league play. The losses and several slow starts have some former Shockers weighing in on ways to right the ship. One such former player is Antoine Carr who was in attendance in the loss to the Cougars and had plenty to say in a postgame interview. "You started out playing angry, that's how you became how...

    • Snow closes highways, disrupts power in northwest Kansas

      A number of highways are closed in Northwest Kansas due to a blizzard warning in the area.  

    • West Wichita interchange reopened

      Kellogg and I-235 have reopened after scheduled construction required the entire interchange to be shut down. 

    • Wichita police chief addresses illegal gambling indictments

      A total of six men have been indicted as part of an illegal gambling investigation in Wichita. Three of those charged were law enforcement officers in the community.

    • Winter weather conditions expected for most of western Kansas

       A Blizzard Warning continues for northwestern Kansas including Goodland, Colby, St. Francis and Atwood until 6am Monday morning. Snow falling across NW Kansas will continue to work its way southeast through the night and on into parts of southwestern and north-central Kansas by early Monday morning. 

    • Missing man found safe

      Wichita Police are reporting missing man was found and is safe. 

    • Police are searching for suspects in Dollar General robbery

      The Dollar General in the 4500 block of East Pawnee was robbed Saturday evening.