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

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 13, 2018

Barriss was also charged with one count of giving a false alarm and one count of interference with law enforcement.

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. Bond was set at $500,000.

Kansas officials took custody of Barriss in Los Angeles Thursday morning and he was flown to Wichita for his first court appearance in Sedgwick County. After this incident, an arrest was later made, and now the suspect has officially been charged with involuntary manslaughter for having his hand in the events that led to a person's death.

Police responded to the address, where an officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after Finch opened his door and walked onto his porch.

An officer discharged his weapon after Finch reached for his waistband, Deputy Chief Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department said during a news conference on Friday. Barris has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called "swatting".

Neither Barriss nor Finch was involved in the disputed game, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The player who was the "target" of the offended player had provided the latter with a false address that led the police to Finch's home.

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.

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. Barriss was allegedly targeting the home of a young woman he met online, authorities in Calgary said.

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