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Swatting suspect makes first court appearance, charged with involuntary manslaughter

13 January 2018, 04:33 | Jodi Jackson

Swatting suspect makes first court appearance, charged with involuntary manslaughter

Swatting suspect makes first court appearance, charged with involuntary manslaughter

The California man accused of making a phony 911 call that led to the fatal police shooting of a 28-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Barriss did not immediately return a message left Friday at the jail.

Barriss made his first court appearance Friday, where he was officially charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Tyler Barriss is read his official charges including involuntary manslaughter.

Police say that Barriss had called police to report a hostage situation, telling officers on 28 December 2017 that he had his family at gunpoint and had doused the house with petrol.

The address was actually the home of Andrew Finch, who opened his front door when he saw that police were outside. His bond is set at $US500,000 ($634,608).

The man accused of placing a "swatting" call that led to the deadly officer-involved shooting in Wichita has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail.


"There is no other situation quite like this to reference", Bennett said.

Prosecutors are also reviewing a Wichita police officer's decision to shoot Finch, Bennett said. Police said Finch was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waist multiple times before being shot. For that reason, the investigation remains ongoing and the charges against Barriss could be modified.

Barriss reportedly made the call after an argument between two Call of Duty players led to one giving the other an address. The officer, identified only as a seven-year veteran of the Wichita Police Department, was placed on leave after the shooting, authorities have said.

Barris has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called "swatting".

The Calgary Police Service allege that Barriss called 911 at about 7:40 p.m. on December 22 and told an operator he killed his father and was holding his mother and younger brother hostage in the 2300 block of 17b Street S.W.

Police said they believe the woman was targeted because of her "online persona".



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