Kansas swatter faces involuntary manslaughter charge

Isaac Cain
January 13, 2018

Tyler Raj Barriss is accused by the state of Kansas of making a false 9-1-1 call to Wichita Police that led to the "swatting" death of Andrew Finch who was not part of the ongoing argument between Barriss and another Call of Duty: WWII player. But causing a false alarm is not among the "inherently risky felonies" listed under the state's felony-murder statute, so prosecutors sought the manslaughter charge instead, Bennett said during a phone interview.

Involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional killing resulting from an unlawful act that is a misdemeanor or low-level felony, or from recklessness or criminal negligence. He could end up with a felony conviction of 36 months in jail & a $300k fine. His bond is set at $500,000.

The woman told police she believed she was the victim of a swatting call - when someone makes a phoney emergency call aimed at sending tactical officers to a certain location.

Police have said 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot after a prankster called 911 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's Wichita home on December 28. The 25-year-old is also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.

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The hoax call reportedly was made after a dispute over a small wager online in a "Call of Duty" online video game tournament, according to Dexerto, a news service focused on gaming. The officer who shot Finch has been placed on administrative leave until the completion of the investigation.

Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records. 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. Instead, one gamer is said to have provided two others with the Wichita address where Finch was killed.

Barriss was released from the Los Angeles County Jail Thursday morning and was flown to Kansas.

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