ibusinesslines.com
ibusinesslines.com January 17, 2018


LA swatting suspect also linked to false 911 call in Canada

12 January 2018, 10:05 | Erica Roy

Notorious US swatter allegedly targets Calgary woman

Man suspected in fatal Kansas 'swatting' incident wanted for similar hoax in Calgary

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.



Other News

Trending Now

Defense lifts Jaguars past Bills
Maybe Bortles having a Forrest Gump moment and discovering he can run is the type of anomaly that breaks the playoff algorithm. Jacksonville entered the postseason allowing an NFL-low 169.9 yards per game through the air, 22.5 fewer than any other team.

Barcelona announce their second signing of the January Transfer window
Mina will sign a contract that contains a 100-million-euro termination clause, the Barcelona FC said in a communiqué. Barca continue their pursuit of winning the treble tonight as they face Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey tonight.

Bizarre: Ikea wants women to pee on ad to get discount
Instead of a simple change in color to indicate a pregnancy, a positive test result reveals a 50 percent off coupon on a crib . Once a woman urinates on a strip in the ad, a discount is revealed only if she is pregnant, according to a story in Ad Week.

ASUS ROG gaming laptops go big with high-end hardware, eSports tie-ins
Next up is the Asus Bezel-free Kit, which is made of vertical refractive lenses meant to hide the bezels in multi-monitor setups. The company is launching two new gaming rigs: the ROG Strix SKT T1 Hero Edition laptop and the ROG Strix GL12 desktop.

Here’s How Transformers Became One of The Biggest Franchises in The World
When it comes to running a business, few strategies are more successful than franchising – that is, if it is done right. Needless to say, Hasbro has well and truly mastered the art of franchising when it comes to Transformers.

Wildcard Playoff Postgame Quotes: Drew Brees
Once Newton dropped to his knee, he had to be taken to the locker room, according to a new provision in the concussion protocol. The NFL confirmed after the game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome that it was investigating the Panthers' treatment of Newton.

Pep Guardiola Claims Alexis Sanchez Will Stay at Arsenal This Winter
The 25-year-old is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: "Obviously, they are important - they are two big players". You judge a player on whether he played well or not and you comment on it after that.