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Court records showed Barriss was convicted in 2016 on two counts of making a false bomb report to a TV station in Glendale, California, and sent to Los Angeles County jail for two years. Trey Forgety of the National Emergency Number Association told NPR in 2013 that 911 operators all over the country face 600,000 calls a day, making spotting a fake one hard.

Eyewitness News has seen a Twitter exchange where users claim what happened at the southwest Wichita home was a "swatting incident".

"That was the information we were working off of", said Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston, explaining that officers went to the house ready for a hostage situation and they "got into position".

Officers subsequently surrounded the home at the address the caller provided and prepared for a hostage situation.

Both his mother and Livingston have said Finch was unarmed when he opened the door.

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"The incident was a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department".

Police have not disclosed the name of the man who was killed Thursday evening, but relatives identified him as Andrew Finch, 28.

"The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk", Livingston said.

The officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave, which Livingston said is standard protocol. Police and FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted the prank call, which did not appear to involve the victim.

"We woke this morning to awful news about an innocent man losing his life", UMG spokeswoman Shannon Gerritzen said in an email to The Associated Press.

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"The person who made the phone call took my nephew. two kids' father", Finch's aunt, Lorrie Hernandez-Caballero, told the paper.

"There were several commands given" by police, Livingston said.

Authorities later learned that the call was a hoax, known as swatting, in which people falsely report an emergency to authorities that requires a police response, usually by Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, teams. Lisa Finch told them her son was not a gamer.

The hoax call was made after a dispute over a wager in a game of Call of Duty, according to Dexerto, an online news service focused on gaming. Finch says police later instructed her, her roommate and her granddaughter to come outside with their hands up, which meant stepping over Finch's "dying" body. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as with the officer".

Police also released bodycam video of the incident, but it is filmed from across the street by a fellow responding officer and the actions of the officer and Finch are unclear.

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