Barriss is accused of prank calling police on December 28 about an alleged shooting with hostages at a residence in Wichita, Kansas.
The goal of such calls is to get a SWAT team to respond, although Ramsey said none of the officers at the scene were SWAT team members.
A 25-year-old Los Angeles man suspected of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man faces a charge of making a false alarm.
The family of a 28-year-old Kansas man, fatally shot at the door of his home after a hoax emergency call, wanted the unnamed police officer who killed him to be criminally charged, their attorney said Tuesday. Police responded Thursday to the fake 911 call claiming someone inside Finch's home was holding a family hostage after they had shot the father. Finch has the unfortunate claim to fame to be the first person to die in a swatting prank.
Police confirm Barriss was jailed in 2015 for making a bomb threat to a television station, and at least two people who know Barriss say his Twitter handle was @SWAuTistic.
Glendale Police told NBC News that investigators discovered that during that time period, Barriss made some 20 threat related calls around the nation, including to universities.More news: 'Zuma will go if Dlamini-Zuma is made interim president'
More news: News of activist's detention leads to NYC supporter arrests
More news: Political Analyst Explains the Real Goals of Theresa May's Cabinet Reshuffle
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".
Police have not yet released the identity of the man killed in the incident.
She also asked when the police would return their belongings, which include two cell phones and a computer, seized from the house and whether the local district attorney's office was looking into criminal charges against the officer who shot her son. Swatting is falsely reporting a serious ongoing crime -like a killing, hostage situation or bomb threat -to draw a large police presence to an address. Please let me see my son's lifeless body. Lisa Finch told reporters that she and her family were handcuffed, taken outside and placed into separate police cruisers. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston has said Finch raised and lowered his hands after stepping onto the porch. Lisa Finch's sister was tackled by police as she rushed to the house.
"The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people's lives at risk", he said.
The official said it wasn't clear if Barriss was involved in the dispute or if he had been recruited to make the false call. Livingston did not name that officer but said he's a seven-year veteran of the department. He said police have provided all the information they can at this point, and that the investigation remains active.
"I just like to recognize that law enforcement in California was very cooperative and thank them for their prompt response to our request", Bennett said.