Finch family attorney releases statement one year after deadly swatting call

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The attorney for Andrew Finch’s family released a statement Friday afternoon, the day marking one year since the Wichita man was shot by police who said they were responding to a swatting call.

“It’s one year later and the leadership of Wichita and the WPD have failed to take any responsibility for the unjustified, unconstitutional and tragic death of Andy Finch,” Attorney Andrew Stroth wrote in a statement. “Two young children no longer have their father because of a pattern, practice and history of excessive force utilized by the Wichita Police and the unreasonable actions of Officer Justin Rapp.”

Finch was unarmed when he was at home on December 28, 2017. Police came to the area near Seneca and McCormick responding to a fake 911 “swatting” call.

Friday night, family and friends held a vigil outside of Finch's former home in south Wichita. Lisa Finch said, "This has been a year and I still don't know what to do with it, I don't know what to make of it."

Earlier in the year, Finch’s family filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Wichita. That suit is still going through the court system with mediation talks expected next month. Police haven't commented on the case further since the suit was filed.

“This is one of the most egregious police shooting cases in the country. Andy Finch was in the sanctity of his own home, opens up his front door and is shot and killed within seconds by officer Justin Rapp with a high-powered rifle from approximately 44 yards away,” Stroth said Friday. “It’s unimaginable.”

The man charged with making that fake call is Tyler Barris, 26, from Los Angeles. He was charged at the state level with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with law enforcement. Barris also pleaded guilty last month to 51 federal charges filed in California and the District of Columbia.

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