REPORT: Officer who fatally shot Andrew Finch after ‘swatting’ call won’t be charged


DML News brings you the following information from KSN.COM:

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – District Attorney Marc Bennett held a news briefing Thursday at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

During the briefing, he announced the officer who fatally shot Andrew Finch in December will not be charged with any crimes.

Bennett said they did not find enough evidence to charge the officer after reviewing 1,300 pages of reports and conducting around 20 interviews, including accounts from the officers on the scene during the incident.

The article goes on to state the following:

DA Bennett says there was conflicting information in the documents from officers, some saying they didn’t see Finch reach for a gun, some saying they lost sight of him altogether, and some saying they did think he was reaching for a gun.

Bennett says the officer that fired the shot that killed Finch says he did so because he thought Finch was the suspect they believed had killed one of his family members and held two others hostage. That officer also said he thought Finch was reaching for the gun he had used in that incident.

“A couple of Mr. Finch’s movements after opening the door,” said Bennett. “There is insufficient evidence to establish the officer acted in an unreasonable manner, in defense of the officers directly east of the house. There is insufficient evidence to overcome self defense immunity under Kansas law.”

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