Tyler Barriss: Police Arrest Man In Fatal ‘Swatting’ Prank

Authorities are evaluating whether the voice of Tyler Barriss is the same as the man who on December 29 called 911 to warn about a crime in development that never existed.

NBC News reports on Saturday morning, police in Angeles arrested Tyler Barriss, suspected in making a false 911 call.

According to reports, police in Wichita said someone made a prank call to 911 with a made-up story about a shooting and kidnapping. That call resulted in the death of an innocent man relatives identified as Andrew Finch, 28.

Authorities are evaluating whether Barriss’s voice is the same as the man who, on December 29, called the 911 emergency number in Wichita, Kansas, telling police about a probable crime in development. On the call, the man claimed that he was in his house, that he had just shot his father and that he was holding his mother and his brother hostage.

Minutes later, the police arrived at the address and surrounded the house. Andrew Finch came out of the residence and put a hand to his waist; When doing this, one of the policemen thought that he was carrying a gun, shot him and killed him, according to the local newspaper The Wichita Eagle. Finch was unarmed and in his residence there was no one injured or dead.

The same December 29, Wichita police released the recording for people to help find the person responsible for this event.

Wichita deputy police chief Troy Livingston called the call “disrespectful” during a press conference. According to Livingston explained, it is likely that Barriss decided to make a joke to “revenge” an acquaintance who defeated him in an online game called “Call Of Duty”.

So far, the police have found no relationship between Barriss and the victim, who did not participate in these online games.

The Verge adds:

The incident was precipitated by an argument between two Call of Duty over a $1.50 wagered game, one of which provided Finch’s address to Barriss, who has a history of making bomb threats and went by the Twitter handle SWAuTistic. In an interview with YouTube channel DramaAlert the person allegedly behind handle admitted to placing the call, saying that “he loves swatting kids who think nothing is going to happen,” and alluded to causing an evacuation at the FCC. Sources told NBC News that Finch was not involved in the dispute.

Court records show that Barriss was convicted a year earlier for a similar case: in 2016 he gave a false bomb alert to a television station in Glendale, California and was sent to the Los Angeles County Jail for two months. The prison records show that he was released in January.

Barriss is being held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

The practice of making a false report so that a SWAT tactical squad arrives somewhere is known as “swatting” and is common among users of online games.

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About the Author: Amy England

Amy Is a researcher and law student at York University (TORONTO). She has worked as the Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program. She worked for American law firms in Moscow, Russia for three years. Hegraduated from Columbia Law School, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and Harvard College. She research interest is in human rights and health law, with a particular focus on the law and policy of vaccination.

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