Tyler Barriss charged with manslaughter in fatal 'swatting' incident

  • Tyler Barriss charged with manslaughter in fatal 'swatting' incident

Tyler Barriss charged with manslaughter in fatal 'swatting' incident

Police report that Barriss made the initial emergency call, stating that he had killed his father and was holding the rest of his family hostage.

The Los Angeles man at the center of what is believed to be the first fatal "swatting" incident in the US has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a hoax phone call that led to a deadly shooting in Kansas, records show.

Tyler Barrisss, of Los Angeles, was transported to Wichita and booked into jail Thursday on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Barriss has also been accused of making a false alarm, a felony.

A message left for the local public defender's office wasn't immediately returned.

Prosecutors allege he made a call from Los Angeles on December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita. The address he provided police was not that of the intended target, however, and 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was not involved in the dispute, was shot and killed by police while exiting the house. Officers said Finch was ordered to raise his hands but moved them to his waist. 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.

Swatting is the term used by gamers when one player makes a fake 9-1-1 call and directs police to the address of a person who may have offended them in an online game.

As Rolling Stone points out, Barriss is also being charged for a swatting incident in Calgary, Canada in late December. "He doesn't play video games", Finch said.

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

Responding to a realistic-sounding 911 call, Calgary police believed a man had been shot and two others were being held hostage in the home.

Barriss waived extradition to Kansas last week.