California man charged in Kansas for fatal hoax call

14 January, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Tyler Barriss

Barriss is now being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a $500,000 bond.

The man accused of making the "swatting" call that ended in Wichita police shooting and killing an unarmed man last month was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter Thursday afternoon.

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.

For those unaware, "swatting" is when someone calls in a false police report that results in SWAT swarming in for an arrest, and Barriss has already faced prison time once before back in 2016.

Barriss waived extradition to Kansas last week. Elements of involuntary manslaughter include the death of a person due to reckless actions by the person charged.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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"There is no other situation quite like this to reference", Bennett said. Calgary police are charging Barriss with mischief and fraud.

"I'll continue to analyze this case", he said. A journalist from Germany was at the hearing Friday.

Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police on December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita. There was a $1.50 wager over the game. A man claiming he was responsible for the swatting said he was given an address on McCormick Street by another player, he said during an interview with the DramaAlert channel on YouTube.

The phony hostage call was made as a "prank" known as swatting. It has gained traction in recent years among online gamers. Instead, Finch opened his front door when he saw police lights outside and didn't know why. Police have said he moved a hand toward his waistband and an officer, fearing he was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot and killed him.

An officer shot and killed Finch as he stood in the doorway of his home.

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