Swatting suspect in fatal Wichita shooting facing involuntary manslaughter charge

Tyler Barriss

Tyler Barriss

The suspect in the deadly Call of Duty Kansas "Swatting" incident has received numerous charges including manslaughter.

A California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Kansas has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. A fugitive-from-justice warrant filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors says Barriss was charged in Kansas on December 29 with the felony of making a false alarm.

Tyler Rai Barriss, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and interference with law enforcement, according to court records made public Friday. Bond was set at $500,000.

More information on the charges can be found on the official Wichita Eagle website. 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.

The officer who shot Finch is now on suspension, pending a thorough investigation.

As Rolling Stone points out, Barriss is also being charged for a swatting incident in Calgary, Canada in late December. Finch appears to have no connection to the game or the dispute arising from it.

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Several players later took to Twitter claiming that one gamer had made the call, but rather than giving his own address, he gave what he thought was the address of the other player with whom he had been arguing.

It wasn't known that week what charges Barriss could face in Kansas.

Reports say Barriss was called by someone after a feud between two Call of Duty players broke out over a virtual "friendly kill" during a game earlier that day.

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

The caller who phoned Wichita police said in a relatively calm voice that he had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint, according to the 911 recording.

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