Swatting suspect scheduled to make first court appearance today

Tyler Barriss

According to police, a Kansas City man may have been the victim of a swatting incident resulting from an argument while playing Call of Duty.

Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Barriss was charged today in Kansas for involuntary manslaughter and two other counts in the wake of a swatting call that led police to kill an unarmed 28-year-old at his home. Police believe Barriss was responsible for making a hoax emergency call to Wichita, Kansas' 911 dispatch, and reporting a fake homicide and hostage situation.

As of writing, the length of his sentence is still unknown and will re-appear in court on January 25th. His bond is set at $500,000.

More information on the charges can be found on the official Wichita Eagle website.

For those unaware, "swatting" is when someone calls in a false police report that results in SWAT swarming in for an arrest, and Barriss has already faced prison time once before back in 2016. He then gave them an address for 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was shot and killed by an officer when he answered the door. The officer who shot Finch, a 7½-year veteran of the force, is on paid leave pending the investigation. The player who was the "target" of the offended player had provided the latter with a false address that led the police to Finch's home. "He doesn't play video games", Finch said.

Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records.

Eyewitness News has learned that Tyler Barriss is coming to Kansas.

The caller who phoned Wichita police said in a relatively calm voice that he had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint, according to the 911 recording. The woman involved in the Calgary incident reportedly told police that Barriss targeted her because of her online presence, according to Rolling Stone.

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