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Video game players feud over $2 bet - and an innocent man ends up dead

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A tragic police shooting in Wichita, Kansas, appears to be the result of a lethal prank between video gamers who were feuding over a $2 bet. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

An innocent 28-year-old man was shot by police and killed after a prank led them to his home because of a two dollar bet between feuding video game players.

The tragedy played out in Wichita, Kansas, when police were sent to an address by a phone call claiming that a man had shot his father in the head and was holding his family hostage.

When police arrived at the address, Andrew Finch answered the door and was shot by a police man. He died later at a hospital as a result of the shooting.

"Swatting" suspected

An investigation found that Finch was the victim of "swatting," a dangerous prank where someone makes a false report that sends police to an address expecting an armed threat.

Finch's address was given to the alleged "swatter" over a $2 bet on a video game rivalry. One game player threatened to "swat" the other, and the second provided a false address - that of Finch.

Why did the police shoot Finch?

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston told the media that the police officer saw Finch reach for his waistband, and believed he had a gun. Finch was not armed.

The police officer, a seven year veteran, was placed on administrative leave.

Here's a news video report about the tragedy:

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