Call of Duty cop murder in 2017 solved for $5 million
Police detective Justin Rapp killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch in 2017 on the front porch of his home in what is now known as the United States’ first fatal hit incident. Last week, the Wichita City Council finalized a $5 million settlement in a federal lawsuit against Rapp, according to the Wichita Eagle.
The lawsuit went on for five years before the city council voted 6-1 in favor of the settlement.
AlmaAnn Jones, a spokesman for the Finch family, told The Wichita Eagle: “It’s hard to say the least. “I have watched this family go through one disappointment after another and finally today we are united as a community. We have done this.”
Police were called to Finch’s house after California man Tyler Barriss misreported to the police claiming someone in the house had killed someone and was taking others hostage. Barriss made a call through a call of duty: The War II match and was recruited by one of the Call of Duty players in that match, Casey Viner, to join. Viner provided Barriss with the address, which is said to be the home of another Call of Duty player, Shane Gaskill. Finch did not know any of the men and was unaware of the diverted call made to the police. Viner was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Barriss will serve 20 years in prison.
Rapp was not charged with killing Finch, although Finch was unarmed and did not threaten police officers at the scene. According to The Wichita Eagle, the Wichita police did not investigate Rapp for a policy violation, and he was later promoted to detective.
Wichita itself will pay $2 million for the settlement, with the rest covered by insurance.
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