Man Accused Of Swatting Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter
Posted: Posted January 12th, 2018 by Vandy
Tyler Barriss, known online as SWAUtistic, has been charged in Kansas for involuntary manslaughter for his part in the murder of Andrew Finch.
As we have reported earlier, Barriss allegedly called in a report of a hostage situation on an address he believed belonged to a Call of Duty player that was arguing with another player. The address actually belonged to 28 year-old Andrew Finch, who was shot by police after answering the door. Barriss did not fight extradition from his home in Los Angeles to Wichita, Kansas, where he has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Barriss was charged with giving false alarm in the case as part of the reasoning to extradite him to Kansas, and has also been charged with interference with law enforcement. Involuntary manslaughter is a level 5 felony in Kansas and carries a minimum of 31 months in prison with a maximum 136 months. His bond is set at $500,000.
The officer who shot Finch is still on paid administrative leave pending investigation.
Barriss is also facing charges in Canada for a separate swatting incident targeting a woman that police say Barriss targeted because of her online persona.
Not sure if anyone here had heard about this. Basically two guys were arguing online about Call of Duty as many stupid people do. One guy gives a "fake" address (I guess like an I live here come and get me type of thing). The other guy reports a hostage situation at that address where an uninvolved person actually lives. Police show up, it's dark, man comes out and doesn't know what's going on because police are at his door shouting at him and lights are shining on him, he likely cannot see because of the lights, he reportedly makes a movement towards his waist and he is shot and killed.
This is known as "swatting."
Swatting is when a perpetrator phones in false information designed to get police and crisis units to a home under the presumption that lives are in danger, causing them to be on heightened alert and more aggressive at the target address. It has in the past gotten property destroyed, pets killed, and now people, as well.
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