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Gamer faces new charges in Kansas fatal ‘swatting’ case

Published: July 18, 2018
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Source: KWCH

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of the online gamers accused in a video game dispute that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man is facing new charges.

KWCH-TV reports that Shane Gaskill was charged Tuesday with more counts of wire fraud and making a false statement. Gaskill previously pleaded not guilty to federal counts including obstruction of justice.

He’s among three men charged in the “swatting” case that led to Andrew Finch’s death. Officers thought they were responding to a hostage situation when Finch was killed in December.

Authorities say another gamer recruited Tyler Barriss to call police and make the false hostage report, which sent first responders to the home where the gamer believed Gaskill lived. The indictment says Gaskill taunted Barriss after police responded to Finch’s home saying, “wanna try again?”

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Police in Florida were closing in on arresting Tyler Barriss in the month prior to him allegedly making a false hostage report that led a Wichita officer fatally shooting a 28-year-old father of two.

When a serial bomb-report hoaxer reported a fake hostage-taking on behalf of a gamer upset at a $1.50 wager, he set in motion a string of events that ended with a Wichita police officer murdering an innocent bystander on his own doorstep, without warning. The family of the victim is now suing the Wichita police, hoping to spur a reform of police procedures and prevent future events of this kind. Wichita has 11 times the national average of fatal police shootings, one per 120 officers.

Police in Wichita, Kansas shot and killed a man after being sent to a wrong address by a false report of a hostage situation known as “swatting.” The hoax call reportedly resulted from a feud between two video gamers.

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