Wichita 'swatting' hoax suspect accused of making similar call in Canada

Wichita 'swatting' hoax suspect accused of making similar call in Canada”

Barriss is accused of making the hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of Andrew Finch at a home near Seneca and McCormick about two weeks ago.

County records show Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles was charged with involuntary manslaughter, making a false alarm and interfering with law enforcement officers. His bond is set at $500,000.

Barriss is now being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a $500,000 bond.

A similar claim on December 28 led police in Wichita, Kansas, to rush to a home where 28-year-old Andrew Finch was fatally shot.

Barris has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called "swatting". He has been booked into the Sedgwick County jail and the specific charges against him will be made public during his court hearing.

Barriss is expected to make a first appearance this afternoon at 2:30 in Sedgwick County District Court.

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

The recent issuing of arrest warrants for a California man in connection with a fraudulent call to 911 that prompted a large police presence in southwest Calgary was likely the first encounter with the term "swatting" for many Calgarians but, for online gamers, the criminal prank calls are well-known.

According to jail records in Los Angeles, Barriss was released to Kansas authorities at 8:53 a.m.

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