Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

What Is Swatting? 911 Prank Call Leads To Man's Death In Kansas

What Is Swatting? 911 Prank Call Leads To Man's Death In Kansas

During the swatting call, Barriss allegedly said he shot his father in the head, his father wasn't breathing, he was holding his mother and little brother in a closet at gunpoint and he might soon set the house ablaze.

SWauTistic was later identified as Tyler Barriss, 25 from Los Angeles and was arrested by police officers.

Swatting is the act of making a false police report - usually of an urgent or violent crime - to lure law enforcement or SWAT teams to a location.

Barriss was previously convicted in Los Angeles for making two false bomb threats that led to the temporary evacuation of ABC Studios in Glendale in 2015.

The individual who allegedly made a fake emergency call to Kansas police last week that summoned them to shoot and kill an unarmed local man has claimed credit for raising dozens of these unsafe false alarms - calling in bogus hostage situations and bomb threats at roughly 100 schools and at least 10 residences. And, police reason, Finch was to for lowering his hands to his waist despite instructions from officers to keep them raised. He was actually unarmed.

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.

Lisa Finch, the victim's mother, was home at the time of the shooting and recounted her son's death to the Wichita Eagle: "They didn't knock on the door, my son opened it because he heard something, he screamed, and they shot him".


The moment a police officer fired the shot that killed 28-year-old Wichita resident Andrew Finch (in doorway of home). Central Time when police received a 911 call about an alleged shooting with hostages at a residence in Wichita, Kansas. Finch, who was not armed, died a short time later at a hospital. Lisa Finch's sister was tackled by police as she rushed to the house. And what is Wichita police protocol for swatting calls? Not only that, but hopefully this Call of Duty swatting incident will help police to begin to exercise more caution when responding to calls.

Police officers had been dispatched to the home by a prank emergency call prompted by an unrelated dispute between two online video gamers over a match of Call of Duty. Police didn't find any weapons on him and officers learned he did not make the 911 call, according to Troy Livingston, deputy chief of the Wichita Police Department.

"It goes without saying that our family is devastated by what has happened", Finch wrote in a letter to city officials.

"I hope they charged him with something substantial".

"The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people's lives at risk", he said. "If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there".

Among those questions, she said, are: What is the name of the officer who killed her son?

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