Others involved in Wichita 'swatting' case, police chief says

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Wichita's police chief says investigators are interviewing other people believed to be involved in a "swatting" case that led to the fatal police shooting of a local resident. 

Tyler Barriss, 25, is accused of calling 911 last week with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita home. The call was a case of "swatting," in which a person makes up a false report to get a SWAT team to descend on an address.

Police shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch when the unarmed Wichita man came to his door.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Friday that there are other people involved, but he did not say how many or how they were connected to the case.

"There are other people involved. This is a serious case that has wide-ranging implications. There also is [sic] not clear laws for this type of activity as well, which adds to the difficulties of it. Because of the complexities of the online activity that took place, that also takes more time."

Once the active investigation is completed, Ramsay said the department and the DA's office will conduct a thorough review of the incident to "prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again."

"This tragedy has affected many people and concerned community members who are trying to make sense out of this senseless act. We have great sympathy for the victims and others that are affected by the reckless behavior of a few that set the stage for this tragedy to occur."

Chief Ramsay said his department has a long history of not releasing the names of officers involved in shooting and that any change in the practice would require labor contract negotiation or a change in state law.

There were a total of seven officer-involved shooting in 2017, of which 4 were deadly. Five officers remain on paid-administrative leave pending the outcome of last year's officer-involved shootings.

February 7: http://www.kake.com/story/34447140/wichita-police-officer-struck-by-a-vehicle

March 18:  http://www.kake.com/story/34947010/officer-involved-shooting-investigation-in-southeast-wichita

April 13:  http://www.kake.com/story/35139445/suspect-dead-following-multi-county-police-chase-officer-involved-shooting

August 7: http://www.kake.com/story/36077448/man-killed-in-officer-involved-shooting-in-north-wichita

December 27: http://www.kake.com/story/37153246/police-release-details-in-west-wichita-chase-officer-involved-shooting

December 28: http://www.kake.com/story/37155947/prank-911-call-led-police-to-officer-involved-shooting-victims-home

December 30: http://www.kake.com/story/37174772/wichita-officer-on-leave-after-9-year-old-hurt-in-shooting-incident

Number of officer-involved shootings in Wichita

2007 - 0
2008 - 4
2009 - 1
2010 - 5
2011 - 1
2012 - 9
2013 - 3
2014 - 4
2015 - 4
2016 - 2
2017 - 7

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