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LA swatting suspect also linked to false 911 call in Canada

12 January 2018, 10:05 | Erica Roy

LA swatting suspect also linked to false 911 call in Canada

LA swatting suspect also linked to false 911 call in Canada

On January 9, arrest warrants were issued for 25-year-old Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles, California who had previously been charged in connection with a suspected swatting incident on December 28 where a member of the Wichita Police Department fatally shot an innocent man.

Barriss, the suspect in the Calgary and Kansas swatting attacks, has been accused of being a swatter for hire who was paid for his attacks. The family of the dead man, Andrew Finch, said he wasn't the intended target of the prank, known as "SWATting", when someone falsely reports a major crime to 911 hoping to incite a massive police response.

Calgary police have issued arrest warrants for Tyler Rai Barriss, 25, accusing him of targeting the home of a young woman he contacted online on December 22, six days before the deadly police shooting in Wichita, Kan.

The Calgary Police Service alleges that Barriss called 911 around 7:40 p.m. and told an operator he killed his father and was holding his mom and younger brother hostage in the 2300 block of 17b Street S.W. Police shot Finch when the unarmed man came to his door.

Officers descended on an apartment building and were evacuating people when a woman called police and said she believed she was the victim of "swatting", in which a person makes up a false report to get a SWATteam to descend on an address. Investigators quickly identified a suspect who had made contact online with the victim earlier that day.

Barriss has been charged in Kansas with making a false alarm.

Barris remains jailed in Los Angeles, awaiting extradition to Kansas.

"We take swatting events extremely seriously and will investigate each incident thoroughly", Calgary Police said.

Police believe the woman - who said she had been warned by another person online about the hoax - was targeted due to her online persona.

"Swatting calls have the potential to create significant risks for both public and officer safety and can require an extensive amount of resources to respond and investigate", it stated.

In May 2016, Barriss pleaded no contest in a separate case to one felony count each of false report of a bomb to agency or business and malicious informing of false bomb in California.

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