The Los Angeles man arrested in connection to a deadly swatting call in Wichita, Kansas last month has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The Sedgwick County Jail shows he's booked on a warrant for involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.
Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police on December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita, Kansas.
Barriss is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Tyler Barriss will make his first appearance this afternoon in District Court.
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Barriss was arrested the next day in Los Angeles.
Late past year, Kansas resident Andrew Finch was killed by Wichita police when a frivolous 911 call was made stating that there was a hostage situation at the address of Finch's mother. Police said Finch was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waist multiple times before being shot. Instead, one gamer is said to have provided two others with the Wichita address where Finch was killed.
He was extradited from the Los Angeles County jail Thursday morning.
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. The woman involved in the Calgary incident reportedly told police that Barriss targeted her because of her online presence, according to Rolling Stone.
Calgary tactical officers descended on the neighborhood, evacuating the surrounding area before a woman at the home also called police to warn them she believed she was the target of a fake call.