Family of swatting victim says that City of Wichita should pay $25 million plus for his death

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The family of Andrew Finch, the 28-year old Wichita man who was shot outside his home as the result of a swatting call in 2017, is asking for compensation and punitive damages from the city of Wichita, Police Sergeant Benjamin Jonker and WPD Officer Justin Rapp totaling over $25 million. 

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. The man charged with making that fake call was 26-year old Tyler Barris from Los Angeles. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for the crime.

Officer Justin Rapp, who shot Finch in the chest, was the subject of an incident report created by the Wichita Police Department  that  classified the shooting as a "justifiable homicide," exonerating Rapp. In October of 2019, Rapp filed a civil lawsuit with the city of Wichita for $31,000 in lost wages.

The $25 million compensation relief includes pain and suffering the Finch family has endured, medical and burial expenses for Andrew Finch, lifetime lost earnings, loss of consortium (loss of being able to share a quality life with Finch) and punitive damages of $750,000 each from Sergeant Jonker and Officer Justin Rapp. 

The trial will begin September 29, 2020.

Andrew Finch's mother, Lisa, is scheduled to speak before the Wichita City Council on Tuesday.

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