‘Swatting’ Gaming Prank Led to Police Shooting Unarmed Kansas Man
A 28-year-old man was fatally shot by a police officer in what was believed to be a "prank" in which a hoaxsters called police to falsely report a murder and kidnapping.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Kansas man who apparently wasn’t involved in the dispute. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday blamed a “prankster” who called 911 and made up a story about a shooting and kidnapping. He did not mention reports that an argument…