A police officer fatally shot a father-of-two while responding to an emergency call now called a 'swatting' prank
A 28-year-old Kansas man was shot by police Thursday evening after the station received a call about a hostage situation taking place at the man's residence. Turns out the information was fake and an innocent man got killed.
Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said during a press conference that they were told in the original call they got from the residence that someone had an argument with their mother and their dad was accidentally shot. That person was reportedly holding mother, brother and sister hostage at the time of the call.
"We learned through that call that a father was deceased, and had been shot in the head. That was the information we were working off of," Livingston said.
Sadly, that information turned out to be wrong and shortly after the incident, reports began to surface online that the call was part of a "swatting" stunt -- a hoax wherein someone makes a false police report in order to fuel a large law enforcement response.
It turns out what actually happened was two individuals were playing Call of Duty and got into an argument online over a game with a $1.50 bet. One of them, a person with the Twitter handle @SWauTistic, threatened to swat user @7aLeNT. The latter then provided an address that wasn't actually their own in response to the threat. Shortly after, @SWauTistic allegedly called in the false report, which led to a police response at the provided address.