Mother of swatting victim wants more arrests made

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Wichita police said 25-year-old Tyler Barriss is the man behind the bogus 911 phone call that led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

Officers surrounded Finch's home on Thursday, believing someone had shot and killed a man and was holding his family hostage inside.

Police said Barriss' elaborate call turned out to be a hoax and the Los Angeles police arrested him Friday afternoon.

"I hope they charged him with something substantial. It should be a crime of what he did,” Finch’s mother, Lisa Finch, said.

Wichita Police said this is a case of swatting, in which a person makes up a false report in order to get a swat team to respond, but Finch's mother said she believes more people are responsible for her son's death. 

"The cops are trying to make this go away and it's not gonna go away, people aren't gonna let it,” Lisa said.

Investigators said body camera video of the shooting shows Finch dropping his hand to his waist.

Wichita PD said that's why their officer took fire.

"Due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim. Had the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there,” Wichita Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said in a press conference on Friday.

As for Lisa Finch, all she has are the memories of her son.

"He was trying to do the right thing. He was willing to pay child support to make sure his kids were taken care of. He left behind two kids. And he was very good to the people he knew. He was a very kind and caring man,” Lisa said.

"I don't know what I'm gonna do without him."

The officer who shot Finch is on routine leave as the investigation continues.

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