Man arrested after 'swatting' leads to fatal police shooting

A Los Angeles man has been arrested after a prank call led to a fatal police shooting in Kansas earlier this week.

Andrew Finch was shot and killed by police officers who stormed his Wichita house after reports of a homicide and hostage situation.

The report was a false call, part of a practice known as 'swatting', where people incite SWAT teams to descend on a particular address as a prank.

In this incident, it's believed two Call of Duty players were feuding when one called local police to report a man had shot his father and was holding his mother and siblings hostage.

"I shot him in the head and he's not breathing anymore," the caller said in the 911 call, which was released by authorities.

"I already poured gasoline all over the house. I might just set it on fire."

The caller gave an incorrect address, leading police to Mr Finch's home instead. He was shot when he answered the door and reached for his waistband when he was told to put his hands up, according to the local deputy police chief.

Tyler Bariss, 25, has now been arrested by police and has been denied bail in connection to the death.

It's not his first run-in with police after an alleged false call to emergency services. He was also arrested in 2015 after calling in a bomb threat to a Los Angeles TV station.

Police are now investigating why he may have targeted a home several thousand kilometres away.

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