Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Swatting Suspect Set for First Appearance in Sedgwick Co. District Court

Swatting Suspect Set for First Appearance in Sedgwick Co. District Court

While making his first court appearance in Witchita, Kansas, Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old from Los Angeles, California, received the charge for involuntary manslaughter over his involvement with the aforementioned swatting incident that led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Barriss is expected to make a first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court after 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Kansas law defines involuntary manslaughter as a killing that results from recklessness, the commission of a felony that is not otherwise "inherently risky", or during a lawful act that's committed in an unlawful manner. He could end up with a felony conviction of 36 months in jail & a $300k fine.

Barriss is being held on a $500,000 bond.


At the tail end of 2017, we reported on the disastrous news of an innocent man being shot and killed after getting inadvertently tied to a swatting "prank" gone horribly wrong following an online Call of Duty match. When Wichita police responded, a man, later identified as Andy Finch, 28, emerged from the front door and was fatally shot by an officer. The player who was the "target" of the offended player had provided the latter with a false address that led the police to Finch's home.

Keenan says females who have ignored online advances or comments have also been the recipients of swatting attacks.

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. Calgary police are charging Barriss with mischief and fraud. Police believe Barriss was responsible for making a hoax emergency call to Wichita, Kansas' 911 dispatch, and reporting a fake homicide and hostage situation. The woman involved in the Calgary incident reportedly told police that Barriss targeted her because of her online presence, according to Rolling Stone.

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