Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Swatting suspect makes first court appearance, charged with involuntary manslaughter

Man accused in Kansas police swatting case also faces charges in Calgary Add to ... Swatting suspect makes first court appearance
Conrad Doyle | 13 January, 2018, 04:39

While making his first court appearance in Witchita, Kansas, Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old from Los Angeles, California, received the charge for involuntary manslaughter over his involvement with the aforementioned swatting incident that led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. As the LA Times reports, Bariss was charged in Sedgewick County court today for involuntary manslaughter, causing false alarm, and interfering with law enforcement.

Authorities allege that a dispute over an online video game led Barriss to call a Wichita, Kan., police dispatcher and falsely claim that he had shot his father and was holding two other people hostage inside a Wichita home on December 28. Bond was set at $500,000. Barriss has also been accused of making a false alarm, a felony.

Barriss was arrested in a Los Angeles transitional recovery center, law enforcement sources told NBC. It has gained traction in recent years among online gamers.

Late previous year, Kansas resident Andrew Finch was killed by Wichita police when a frivolous 911 call was made stating that there was a hostage situation at the address of Finch's mother.

Swatting is the term when someone calls police with a fake story of a serious ongoing crime - like a killing, hostage situation or bomb threat - in an effort to draw a large police presence to an address.

The false call made by Barriss is believed to have been the result of an online dispute between two Call of Duty players. Officers said Finch was ordered to raise his hands but moved them to his waist.

There is no update regarding punishment for the Call of Duty player that apparently provided Finch's address as his own.

Eyewitness News has learned that Tyler Barriss is coming to Kansas.

One of the players allegedly called Barriss and requested he "swat" another player.

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