Additional charges filed in Wichita swatting case

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Andrew Finch (L) Shane Gaskill (R) Andrew Finch (L) Shane Gaskill (R)

One of the men accused in a Wichita swatting case faces additional federal charges.

Shane Gaskill of Wichita has been indicted on two additional counts of wire fraud and one additional count of making a false statement to the FBI.

Andrew Finch was shot to death by Wichita police in December, 2017.   Police responded to a home at 1033 McCormick where they believed an emergency was underway.  Instead, a false call had been made to 911.   

A May 23 indictment alleged co-defendant Casey Viner recruited Tyler Barriss to make the false call aimed at "swatting" Gaskill.  

 The new charges allege that after police responded to the home on McCormick,  Gaskill sent two more messages to Barriss.  In one of the messages prosecutors said Gaskill gave Barriss an IP address Gaskill claimed Barriss could use to launch another swatting assault on him.  The indictment alleges the IP address did not belong to Gaskill and Gaskill knew it was not his IP address.  Prosecutors added Gaskill falsely told police the IP address was one of his old IP addresses.         

Viner and Barriss face charges in federal court.  In addition,  Barriss is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Finch's death.  



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