According to Friday’s Wichita police briefing, an officer thought Fitch had reached for his “waistband” and then raised his hand again, potentially carrying a gun and posing a threat which needed to be eliminated. Fitch died almost immediately, while his mother and other residents of the house were taken outside, handcuffed, and taken to the police station for interviews.
The Wichita police briefer repeatedly put the full blame for what happened on SWAuTistic, saying that “the irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk” and that “due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim.” (Finch’s mother had a different view of the police actions, telling the local paper, “What gives the cops the right to open fire? Why didn’t they give him the same warning they gave us? That cop murdered my son over a false report.”)