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Man Arrested For 'Swatting' Call That Led To Murder Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

Tyler Barriss, 25, appears in extradition court in Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Irfan Khan/AP
Tyler Barriss, 25, appears in extradition court in Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Irfan Khan/AP

Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Barriss was charged today in Kansas for involuntary manslaughter and two other counts in the wake of a swatting call that led police to kill an unarmed 28-year-old at his home. The maximum sentence varies but if found guilty, Barriss could face a hefty fine and years in prison.

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Police say that Barriss had called police to report a hostage situation, telling officers on December 28, 2017 that he had his family at gunpoint and had doused the house with gasoline. 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. That officer is now on paid administrative leave.

Barriss reportedly made the call after an argument between two Call of Duty players led to one giving the other an address. That player then reportedly gave the address to Barriss, who was known in the community for swatting—making false police reports in order to get officers to show up at an adversary’s house. The address turned out to be unrelated to anyone involved with the dispute, however, and instead led police to Finch.

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Barriss was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with law enforcement. His bond is set at $500,000.

Via Sedgwick County inmate records
Via Sedgwick County inmate records

As Glixel points out, Barriss is also being charged for a swatting incident in Calgary, Canada in late December. Nobody was hurt in that case.

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Good. Here’s hoping the dude who passed Barriss the address receives similar charges.

There’s, “Oh, I’m trolling for the LOLz,” and then there’s SWATting. You call in an armed response team, you have to know there’s the potential for something to go wrong—and if you contact someone else to have them do it for you, then you should be held to the same conspiracy charges that are applied to folks who attempt to hire hitmen.

I’m all ribbing opponents online. Hell, even a little shit talk is okay. But once you get an armed response team involved, you’ve not only stepped over the line, you took a flying fucking leap across it, and deserve the consequences you find upon landing.