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‘Swatting’ suspect charged with involuntary manslaughter
He’s denied responsibility for the man’s death.
The man who allegedly made the SWAT call that resulted in the death of a 28-year-old Wichita resident Andrew Finch has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
According to CNN, Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old Los Angeles resident, has also been charged with false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer in the “swatting” death of Finch. His bond is set at $500,000, and his next court appearance is Jan. 25.
Barriss was picked up from the Men’s Central jail in Los Angeles on Thursday and booked into the Sedgwich County Jail in Wichita on Thursday afternoon, according to the Wichita Eagle. Barriss waived his right to extradition in Los Angeles the week prior. Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles last month after a false “prank” call he put into the police that resulted in Finch’s death.
Speaking to YouTuber Keemstar about the incident after Finch’s death, Barriss, who went by the name @SWAuTistic before his Twitter account was shut down, said he was contacted by a gamer to prank another gamer after the two had gotten into a feud over a $1.50 wager over the video game Call of Duty: WWII. His target, however, had given the person who commissioned Barriss to do the “swatting” a false address in Wichita.
Barriss had called police, alleging to be a resident of the address who had taken several family members hostage and was planning on shooting them and setting the house on fire. When police arrived at Finch’s house, he was shot moments after he opened the door and “moved his hands to his waistline,” according to Wichita police. Finch was completely unrelated to the feud and didn’t play video games.
In his YouTube interview, Barriss did not take responsibility for his actions, and offered up no identifying information other than alleging he was 18 years old and didn’t have parents.
“Yeah, the call was made by me, but as far as the whole incident, you could point the finger at the cop who killed someone, you could point the finger at the person who made the call, you could point the finger at the person who provided the address, who said, ‘Oh look this is where I live, go ahead and swat me, if you do you’re going to go to prison for five years,'” he said in the interview.
“I didn’t get anyone killed because I didn’t discharge a weapon and being a SWAT member isn’t my profession,” Barriss had also tweeted.
Barriss was arrested in 2015 for calling in fake bomb threats to CNN affiliate KABC, for which he received a two-year sentence.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.