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Man arrested after Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax call turns deadly

Man arrested after Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax call turns deadlyā€¯

It's unclear whether an act of swatting has ever resulted in someone's death before, but numerous people in the past have been severely injured in such situations over online feuds that often do not involve the victim in any way whatsoever. People ranging from members of Congress to viral internet celebrities have been swatted, though this incident appears to be the first case of a swatting-related fatality.

A 20-year-old Maryland man was shot in the face with rubber bullets by police in 2015 after a fake hostage situation was reported at his home.

Swautistic, now identified as Tyler Barriss, has since been arrested by police.

Barriss is alleged to have called in a lengthy threat to Wichita police on Thursday night after a Call of Duty game in which two teammates got into an altercation over a $1.50 wager.

Police have not confirmed that Barriss and Swautistic are the same person or said who called them to the house or why.

The police and FBI are investigating whether an argument between two players of the online game Call of Duty may have lead to the death of an unarmed man in Kansas on Thursday. In audio of the 911 call played by Wichita authorities at a news conference, a man said he shot his father in the head and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint. @SWauTistic also threatened to burn the house down. Wichita police Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said, "Due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim".

Wichita police investigate a call of a possible hostage situation near the corner of McCormick and Seneca on December 28, 2017 in Wichita, Kansas. According to Livingston, Finch was ordered to put his arms in the air but instead moved a hand toward his waistband. An officer opened fire and shot once.

Finch later died at the hospital.

Finch's mother told local media that he was not involved in the gaming community. One player allegedly provided a fake address to another, who proceeded to embroil the innocent stranger in the feud without thinking of the consequences.

Finch had no weapon on him at the time he was shot. "The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department", Livingston said.

Court records showed Barriss was convicted in 2016 on two counts of making a false bomb report to a TV station in Glendale, California, and sent to Los Angeles County jail for two years. He's been arrested twice before, once for a bomb hoax. The swatter known as Swautistic stated in the interview that he doesn't believe that he had any hand in murdering the man, he just made the call, he didn't pull the trigger.

After Twitter suspended Barriss's account, he went onto YouTube's "Drama Alert" to explain that SWAuTistic was "minding my own business" when he was contacted by an angry Call of Duty player that wanted another player "swatted".

The Wichita Police Department in Kansas is working with the Los Angeles Police Department as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation on this case.



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