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Wichita to Pay $5M Over Swatting Death
The swatting call was spurred by a feud between two online gamers over a video game, Shane Gaskill of Wichita and Ohio gamer Casey Viner. Finch was not involved in the feud.
March 15, 2023
NC Agencies Respond to Statewide Hoax School Shooting Calls
Threats of shootings on school campuses were reported Thursday in multiple North Carolina counties, including Wake, Durham, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Alamance, Forsyth and Cumberland.
December 1, 2022
Editorial: 911 Abuse is Not a Laughing Matter
Emergency communications centers are under siege from stupid callers, malicious pranksters, and technological errors.
December 1, 2022
Police Nationwide Besieged by False School Shooting Calls
Multiple motivations have been posited for the false calls. Some may be pranks. Some may be kids hoping to disrupt their schools. Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman raised concerns that the swatting could be testing law enforcement responses to find weaknesses.
October 17, 2022
Couple “Swatted” 6 Times in 2 Years Over Tweet About Comedian
"Back in September of 2018, I tweeted I never personally found Norm MacDonald to be funny," Tomlinson said. After the tweet, strangers on the internet who opposed his opinions began to harass him.
October 7, 2022
GA Teen Arrested for Swatting Calls in 4 States
Police suspect that the boy is also responsible for similar swatting calls in Windsor Lock, Connecticut; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Tampa, Florida, the release said. SWAT teams responded to two of the calls and “made forced entry” into the homes, the release said.
May 9, 2022
Alleged Texas White Supremacist Arrested Over Swatting Calls Against Virginia Targets
John Cameron Denton, 26, was charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and interstate threats to injure after he and several other co-conspirators planned multiple “swatting” calls from November 2018 to April 2019, the Department of Justice said.
February 26, 2020
California Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Fatal "Swatting" 911 Call
A California man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for placing a 911 call to a Kansas police department that ultimately led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch in December 2017.
April 1, 2019
Video: Swatting Hoax Brings Police Response to South Carolina Reserve Officer's Home
McCord's home surveillance cameras captured scenes of officers surrounding the house and McCord's brother-in-law walking out of the home with his hands up as officers shout commands. McCord also surrendered in compliance with officers' commands.
February 13, 2019
Parkland Student Activist's Florida Home Swatted
"I think it's really a distraction from what we're trying to fix here, which is the massive gun-violence epidemic in this country," Hogg said.
June 5, 2018
No Charges Filed Against Kansas Officer in Fatal Swatting Incident
"The officer believed Mr. Finch was the suspect who had shot his own father and had been holding his younger brother and mother hostage," Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said Thursday.
April 13, 2018
Kansas Billboards Call for Charges Against Officer Who Killed Man After Swatting Call
In December, a Wichita police officer fatally shot Andy Finch after a fake emergency call directed law enforcement to the 28-year-old victim’s home. A man in California has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the family of the man who was killed and community activists have repeatedly called for the officer who killed Finch to come under greater scrutiny.
March 19, 2018
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