Suspect in fatal Call of Duty 'swatting' incident charged with manslaughter

Tyler Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter in court on Friday after making a fake 911 call in December for a'swatting prank that resulted in the death of a Kansas man

Suspect in fatal Call of Duty 'swatting' incident charged with manslaughter

A man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man is scheduled to make his first appearance in Sedgwick County court on Friday.

The Los Angeles man arrested in connection to a deadly swatting call in Wichita, Kansas last month has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Barriss has also been charged with reporting a false alarm, and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Barriss did not immediately return a message left Friday at the jail. He then gave them an address for 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was shot and killed by an officer when he answered the door. Police said Finch was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waist multiple times before being shot. But causing a false alarm is not among the "inherently unsafe felonies" listed under the state's felony-murder statute, so prosecutors sought the manslaughter charge instead, Bennett said during a phone interview.

Barriss had a reputation for helping people gain revenge against online enemies and gaming opponents through swatting - placing a hoax phone call about a unsafe situation in order to trigger a massive police response at an address to frighten its occupants.

Andrew Finch 28 was shot and killed by an officer after Barriss told a 911 dispatcher he was had shot his father and was holding his family hostage at gunpoint
Suspect in fatal Call of Duty 'swatting' incident charged with manslaughter

As Rolling Stone points out, Barriss is also being charged for a swatting incident in Calgary, Canada in late December.

Eyewitness News has learned that Tyler Barriss is coming to Kansas. Barriss believed Finch's address to be that of a Call of Duty player that he was attempting to harass when another player commissioned him to do so. Instead, one gamer is said to have provided two others with the Wichita address where Finch was killed. Police revealed few other details but said investigators identified a suspect who had made contact online with the woman earlier that day and that she was targeted because of her "online persona".

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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