Pending charges in 911 hoax introduces swatting into lexicon of many Calgarians


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. His bond is set at $500,000.

Tyler Barriss, 25, was booked by Sedgwick County police on Thursday after being extradited from California. As reported by Glixel, Barriss could face a maximum fine of $300,000 and up to 36 months in prison under the manslaughter charge.

Barriss was arrested the next day in Los Angeles.

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. Wichita police say he was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waistline multiple times. Barris has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called "swatting". Instead, one gamer is said to have provided two others with the Wichita address where Finch was killed. Finch appears to have no connection to the game or the dispute arising from it.

Police said Andrew Finch was killed after he reached for his waistband. He was unarmed
SUPPLIED Police said Andrew Finch was killed after he reached for his waistband. He was unarmed

He pleaded no contest to charges of making false bomb threats in the Los Angeles area in recent years, sparking evacuations at a Glendale television station and two schools, records show.

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. The woman involved in the Calgary incident reportedly told police that Barriss targeted her because of her online presence, according to Rolling Stone.

The Calgary Police Service allege that Barriss called 911 at about 7:40 p.m. on December 22 and told an operator he killed his father and was holding his mother and younger brother hostage in the 2300 block of 17b Street S.W.

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