Man Arrested in Deadly 'Swatting' Prank Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

Man Arrested in Deadly 'Swatting' Prank Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Barriss was charged today in Kansas for involuntary manslaughter and two other counts in the wake of a swatting call that led police to kill an unarmed 28-year-old at his home. Barriss, who has previously faced charges of making fake bomb threats, was arrested in California on December 29 and extradited to Kansas yesterday.

The involuntary manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 11 years and is a Level 5 felony in Kansas, according to state statutes. He was booked in Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday afternoon, according to The Wichita Eagle, and his bond is $500,000.

The woman told police she believed she was the victim of a swatting call - when someone makes a phoney emergency call aimed at sending tactical officers to a certain location. When Wichita police responded, a man, later identified as Andy Finch, 28, emerged from the front door and was fatally shot by an officer.

Tyler Barriss has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of Andrew Finch. The address turned out to be unrelated to anyone involved with the dispute, however, and instead led police to Finch.

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The false call made by Barriss is believed to have been the result of an online dispute between two Call of Duty players.

The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating Barriss on allegations that he made similar calls in late 2017, and had planned a meeting with federal prosecutors before arresting the 25-year-old in connection with the Kansas incident. The officer who shot Finch has been placed on administrative leave until the completion of the investigation.

Keenan says females who have ignored online advances or comments have also been the recipients of swatting attacks.

On the evening of December 22, officers were deployed to an apartment building in the community of Bankview after someone called 911 claiming that they had shot their father and taken members of their family hostage.

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