The man accused of "swatting" a Wichita, Kansas, home - resulting in the shooting death of a 28-year-old father of two on December 28 - has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reporting a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer, according to The Wichita Eagle. Barriss, who has previously faced charges of making fake bomb threats, was arrested in California on December 29 and extradited to Kansas yesterday.
Sedgwick County Jail records show Tyler Barriss was booked at 3:14 p.m. Thursday for involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with law enforcement (falsely reporting a felony). It carries a maximum penalty of 36 months in prison, and a $300,000 fine. His bond for release has been set by the court at $500,000.
Barris has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called "swatting". 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. Police claim that Finch moved his hands in a suspicious manner.
Tyler Barriss has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of Andrew Finch.
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.
Bennett could not immediately say why Finch's address became the target of the hoax call.
Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records.
There is no update regarding punishment for the Call of Duty player that apparently provided Finch's address as his own. The officer, identified only as a seven-year veteran of the Wichita Police Department, was placed on leave after the shooting, authorities have said.
Police report that Barriss made the initial emergency call, stating that he had killed his father and was holding the rest of his family hostage.