A 25-year-old man in California has been arrested over an alleged hoax 911 call that led to police killing an unarmed man in Kansas on Thursday night, authorities said.
Thursday's incident began around 6:18 p.m. Central Time when police received a 911 call about an alleged shooting with hostages at a residence in Wichita, Kansas. The caller told authorities he had shot his father in the head while his parents were arguing, police said. The caller also said he was holding his other family members at gunpoint inside the home and was thinking about setting the house on fire, police said.
The Wichita Police Department released audio of the phone call between the individual and the 911 dispatcher.
"They were arguing and I shot him in the head and he's not breathing anymore," the caller says.
"I'm just pointing the gun at them, making sure they stay in the closet, my mom and my little brother," he says. "I already poured gasoline all over the house. I might just set it on fire."
The caller repeatedly gave authorities his alleged home address, leading Wichita police officers to the house.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers surrounded the front of the house, preparing to make contact with the caller inside and for the potential situation of a suspect barricaded with hostages, police said.
A 28-year-old man opened the door of the home and was told to raise his hands and walk toward the officers -- a command he obeyed for "a very short time" until he moved his hands back down to his waist, police said.
The officers ordered him again to put his hands up but the man lowered them down again, police said. As the man turned toward officers on the east side of the home, he lowered his hands to his waistband and suddenly pulled them up to the officers, police said. That's when an officer on the north side of the home fired one round, striking the man.
"He feared the male just pulled a weapon from his waistband, retrieved a gun and was in the process of pointing it at the officers to the east," Deputy Chief Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department said at a press conference Friday.
Officers then entered the home and found four individuals inside alive and unharmed, police said.
The man who was shot was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead Thursday night. Police didn't find any weapons on him and officers learned he did not make the 911 call, according to Livingston.
Сидишь такой дома, тут звонок в дверь, идешь открывать, а там - штурмовая полиция и автоматы тебе в рожу. Можно дернуться "не так" и быть нашпигованным свинцовыми маслинами. В данном случае профессионалы работали - одной пули хватило. А всё потому, что какой-то интернет-тролль решил позабавиться. Тактика вызова полиции на ничего не подозревающую семью называет Сватинг (SWAT - это местный ОМОН). По-русски будет Омонинг, короче. Нужно навести справки кто живет по определенному адресу и потом позвонить через специальный анонимайзер, который дает геолокацию с указанного адреса. И всё. И полиция тут не виновата, хотя и применяет силу, поскольку исходя из звонка им противостоит очевидно вооружённый психопат, который уже убил несколько человек и держит заложников.