New lawsuits filed in Kansas fatal police swatting case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two new lawsuits have been filed in a hoax emergency call that led police in Kansas to fatally shoot a man at his home.

Police killed Andrew Finch two years ago in Wichita after receiving a “swatting” call meant to send SWAT teams to a nonexistent emergency. Tyler Barriss, of Los Angeles, is serving a 20-year prison sentence for making the call.

A wrongful death lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages on behalf of Finch’s two children.

A federal lawsuit filed by Finch’s mother and her boyfriend says four police officers violated their constitutional rights by detaining and arresting them after the shooting.

The Wichita Eagle reports that both lawsuits were filed Monday.

The city’s law director, Jennifer Magana, hasn’t said if the city will represent the officers.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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