WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – One of the online gamers whose video game bet dispute allegedly led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man faces additional charges.
Shane Gaskill was charged Tuesday with more counts of wire fraud and making a false statement. Gaskill previously pleaded not guilty to federal counts that included obstruction of justice.
He’s among three men charged in the “swatting” case that led to Andrew Finch’s death. An officer thought he was responding to a hostage situation when he killed Finch in December.
Authorities say another gamer recruited Tyler Barriss to call police and make the false hostage report, which sent first responders to the home where the gamer believed Gaskill lived. The indictment says Gaskill taunted Barriss after police responded to Finch’s home saying, “wanna try again?”