"Swatting is where someone contacts police and makes up a false report in order to get a SWAT team to respond to another person's address".
Lisa Finch told the newspaper that her son was murdered by police. One of Finch's cousins also made the claim that Andrew never played video games. The prankster that calls in the false report will use caller ID spoofing, or some other high tech technique that disguises their phone number as being local.
Deputy police chief Troy Livingston said there was a report of a fatal shooting and a hostage situation that led officers to the home.
Livingston didn't say if the man had a weapon when he came to the door, or what caused the officer to shoot the man.
A family member of the man who was shot and killed claims his name was Andrew Finch.
She says Finch had two young children who were not home at the time of Thursday night's shooting.
After she heard the shot, Finch said she walked out of her bedroom and into the kitchen. She said the family then was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and that her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle.
Dexerto, an online news service focused on gaming, reported that the series of events began with an online argument over a $1 or $2 wager in a "Call of Duty" game on UMG Gaming, which operates online tournaments including one involving "Call of Duty".
Both explanations are bad and hopefully, some justice can be brought to the real innocent man, Andrew Finch. No one else was wounded in the home.
"Came up in front of the house and you know, ripped the doors off the hinges and carried the dude out", Hartshorn said.
Livingston didn't say what caused the officer to shoot or whether the man was armed.
The Wichita Eagle was able to obtain screenshots of Twitter posts that shed some further light on the freakish incident.
Police said no other victims were found inside the home, and at least four people that were inside the home are safe and have been taken in for questioning.
Andrew Finch was not involved in the online game, according to his mother and people in the gaming community.
A 20-year-old Maryland man was shot in the face with rubber bullets by police in 2015 after a fake hostage situation was reported at his home.