City responds to Finch lawsuit

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The City of Wichita has responded to a lawsuit filed in federal court following the December 2017 death of Andrew Finch.

Finch was killed as the result of a swatting prank, after a caller told police someone inside the home where he lived was holding people hostage. It was all false, but the response says that when police officers arrived, an officer ordered Andrew to raise and show his hands and then walk towards the officers outside.

The response then alleges that Finch didn’t comply with instructions and “he appeared to be drawing a weapon from his right side and raising his arm toward officers.” The city then said in its response that the officer thought there was “an imminent threat of death” and “fired one shot to protect those officers.”

The response also denied that the perimeter around Finch’s home wasn’t adequate, that officers involved in shootings can make as many phone calls as they want and denied that the investigation remained cloaked in secrecy or attempt to cover up misconduct.

Finch’s family has also demanded that the city identify the officer, still on administrative duty pending an investigation, to the public. The city refuses to citing concern for the officer’s safety and department policy.

Tyler Barriss is the suspect who prosecutors say made the call from his home in California. He’s been transferred to Sedgwick County and remains in jail on $500,000 bond.

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