City of Wichita denies allegations after deadly officer-involved shooting

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The City of Wichita is denying allegations made against the city after a deadly officer-involved shooting.

The city claims the victim, Andrew Finch, did not follow officers’ commands when he was shot. They say he was told to keep his hands up, but instead reached for his side “as if to retrieve a weapon” and then raised it toward officers. 

The lawsuit says there’s a “veil of secrecy” surrounding the shooting because the city is not releasing the name of the officer who shot Finch.

But Wichita officials say they won’t release the “suspect’s identity until completion of the investigation.”

Both sides have called for a jury trial to be held in Wichita. 

Wichita Police Officer Paul Cruz says the officer involved in this incident is currently in a paid administrative capacity.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney is still investigating.

Tyler Barriss, who police say made the fake 911 call which led to Finch’s death, is charged with involuntary manslaughter. 

He’s expected to be back in court for a preliminary hearing at the end of the month. 

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