Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Swatting suspect scheduled to make first court appearance today

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Troy Mann | 13 January, 2018, 05:20

Tyler Barriss made his first court appearance Friday afternoon, and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Barriss was released from the Los Angeles County Jail Thursday morning and was flown to Kansas.

The Los Angeles man at the center of what is believed to be the first fatal "swatting" incident in the USA has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a hoax phone call that led to a deadly shooting in Kansas, records show.

Interestingly, Barriss is also wanted in Canada: The Globe and Mail reports that he is facing mischief and fraud charges in Calgary, Alberta, arising from an attempted swatting on December 22.

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.

Barriss had been held in the Los Angeles County jail since he was arrested December 28 in Los Angeles.

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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. His bond is set at $US500,000 ($634,608). Police said Finch was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waist multiple times before being shot.

"Someone tried to SWAT me and got an innocent man killed, the person said on Twitter according to Rolling Stone". Barriss provided a false address to police.

The hoax call reportedly was made after a dispute over a small wager online in a "Call of Duty" online video game tournament, according to Dexerto, a news service focused on gaming.

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.

Barriss, 25, is accused of claiming to the dispatcher that he had shot his father in the head and was holding the rest of his family hostage. Police revealed few other details but said investigators identified a suspect who had made contact online with the woman earlier that day and that she was targeted because of her "online persona".

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