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Police in Wichita killed an unarmed man targeted by a 'swatting' prank

Police in Wichita, Kansas, fatally shot an unarmed father of two, Andrew Finch, during a SWAT raid now known to be instigated as part of a prank called "swatting," a hoax in which an emergency call is made to summon a SWAT team to deal with a nonexistent crisis.

Officers were responding to a 911 call reporting someone had been shot in the head. When Finch, 28, opened his front door to see why emergency vehicles were outside his home, he was shot and his family arrested.

"Due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim," said Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston, who said police officers told Finch to put his hands up before shooting and believed he was reaching for a weapon.

"What gives the cops the right to open fire?" asked Finch's mother, Lisa Finch, the next morning. "Why didn't they give him the same warning they gave us? That cop murdered my son over a false report." Watch her comments below. Bonnie Kristian