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Innocent man instantly shot by police after gamer feud over $2 results in ‘swatting’ prank at Kansas home

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A 28-year-old Kansas man was shot and killed by police responding to a possible homicide and hostage report — but gamers say the call was a “swatting” prank.

More than a dozen gamers said the prank call was the result of a feud between two “Call of Duty” players Thursday night, but police have not yet confirmed the connection, reported The Wichita Eagle.

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“It was a shooting call (at 6:15 p.m.) involving hostages,” said Deputy Chief Troy Livingston, of Wichita police. “The original call, we were told someone had an argument with their mother and dad was accidentally shot, and now that person was holding mother, brother and sister hostage. We learned through that call that a father was deceased, and had been shot in the head. That was the information we were working off of.”

Police arrived at the house prepared for a potentially violent hostage situation, and an officer shot Andrew Finch as he came to the front door.

Livingston did not say whether Finch was carrying a weapon when he came to the door or explain why the seven-year veteran fired the gun.

Police don’t believe the slain man fired at officers, but the incident remains under investigation.

Finch was pronounced dead at an area hospital, and the officer who shot him was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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No one else had been injured at the house.

Two gamers were arguing online about a $1 or $2 wager when one threatened to call a SWAT team to his house, and the targeted gamer provided a fake address — where police went to investigate.

“I DIDNT GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDNT DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER ISNT MY PROFESSION,” a gamer identified as the prankster tweeted, before Twitter shut down his account.

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The target of the prank also tweeted about the incident, saying, “Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed.”

Family members said Finch did not play video games.

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Nicolle Wallace breaks down the impeachment moment ‘women will be talking about for years’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Thursday highlighted one of the key moments from the impeachment inquiry testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill.

"Often when women show anger, it’s not fully appreciated. It’s often, you know, pushed onto emotional issues perhaps, or deflected on other people," Hill testified.

Here's Fiona Hill on why she thinks Sondland misunderstood her anger — and how women's anger is often viewed, more generally: "It's not fully appreciated. It's often pushed off onto emotional issues." pic.twitter.com/AsMR3A9InI

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Mulvaney lawyer denies Mick was ‘so heavily involved’ — despite his White House briefing room confession

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was referenced multiple times during Dr. Fiona Hill's testimony Thursday, but Mulvaney's lawyer said he doesn't understand why.

"We have no idea why Ms. Hill believes Mr. Mulvaney was so heavily involved, especially in light of Ambassador Sondland’s contrary testimony," said Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, quoting a statement from Robert Driscoll.

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As former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance pointed out, Hill recalled during her testimony how angry she was about Sondland not briefing her. She said that after hearing his testimony Wednesday and learning he was briefing Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Mulvaney and President Donald Trump. She then decided he was correct-they had separate missions and Sondland was on a domestic political errand.

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RNC blew nearly $100,000 to help put Trump Jr’s book on the bestseller list

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According to the filing, the RNC made a $94,800 payment to bookseller Books-a-Million on October 29th this year, which was just days before Trump Jr.'s "Triggered" was released on November 5th.

An RNC spokesman confirmed to Confessore that "the expenditure was connected to their promotion of Don Trump Jr.'s book."

The RNC had previously claimed that it didn't make a bulk purchase but had only been "ordering copies to keep up with demand" of the book. When asked by Confessore how they could claim they weren't making bulk purchases when they bought roughly $100,000 worth of books, the RNC simply replied, "We stand by our statement."

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