Man Involved in Swatting Death Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

Angelica Greene
January 13, 2018

A California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Kansas has been extradited to face charges.

Police in Wichita, Kan., charged Barriss with making a false alarm after someone called 911 with a similar shooting-and-kidnapping report at the home of Andrew Finch.

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

Barriss did not immediately return a message left Friday at the jail.

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. When Wichita police responded, a man, later identified as Andy Finch, 28, emerged from the front door and was fatally shot by an officer.

The hoax call reportedly was made after a dispute over a small wager online in a "Call of Duty" online video game tournament, according to Dexerto, a news service focused on gaming.

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Barris placed a report of a murder and hostage situation with the Wichita police following a dispute between two Call of Duty players over a lost match.

Kansas state law says that involuntary manslaughter is "a killing that was unintentional which resulted from recklessness or during another unlawful act".

Calgary police said Tuesday they have charged Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, with mischief and fraud charges following the incident on December 22 that saw officers along with police dogs surround the unnamed woman's apartment.

This week, Canadian police issued an arrest warrant for Barriss, accusing him of placing an eerily similar call just six days before the Kansas shooting. Barriss provided a false address to police.

Barriss, 25, is accused of claiming to the dispatcher that he had shot his father in the head and was holding the rest of his family hostage.

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