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

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

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2018

A Los Angeles man accused in a hoax that led to Kansas police shooting a man last month has also been charged by Calgary police. On a financial affidavit filed Friday, Barriss wrote that he had no address, is unemployed and has not worked in the past 6 months.

Tyler Barriss, 25, was booked by Sedgwick County police on Thursday after being extradited from California. Barriss, who was allegedly given the address by one of the players and asked to "swat" the home, is suspected to have made the call, claiming to be the perpetrator of a homicide and hostage situation and giving police an address that he believed belonged to the other gamer.

He said Barriss wasn't on the Calgary Police Service's radar until after the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch in Wichita on December 28.

Andrew Finch 28 was shot and killed by an officer after Barriss told a 911 dispatcher he was had shot his father and was holding his family hostage at gunpoint

Barriss is now being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a $500,000 bond.

Calgary police said Tuesday they have charged Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, with mischief and fraud charges following the incident on December 22 that saw officers along with police dogs surround the unnamed woman's apartment. That player then reportedly gave the address to Barriss, who was known in the community for swatting - making false police reports in order to get officers to show up at an adversary's house.

An investigation is still ongoing as to other people alleged to be involved in a game online, Bennett said, adding that involves a forensic analysis of machines, phones and computers.

Prosecutors are also reviewing a Wichita police officer's decision to shoot Finch, Bennett said. Officers said Finch was ordered to raise his hands but moved them to his waist.

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.

Siegenthaler said swatting calls can put the public and officers at risk and tie up police resources.

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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