A fight over $1.50 on the online game Call of Duty led to the death of an innocent man in Wichita, Kansas, after he was the mistaken target of a sick online trend called “swatting,” but now police say they have in their custody the man who was responsible for it all.
Los Angeles native Tyler Barriss is believed to be the man who pretended to be a deranged shooter and sent police to the address of Andrew Finch in the troubling trend called ‘swatting’, where gamers call real-life police forces on each other as a joke.
Barriss is believed to be Call of Duty player SWAuTistic, who had a reputation for initiating “swatting” pranks against online gamers.
Apparently, Barriss intended to ‘swat’ another player but the other party gave him Finch’s address instead, where police showed up on Dec.28, believing the clueless Finch as the deranged shooter.
Finch opened the door with his hands up. But when he briefly lowered his hands toward his waistband, a police officer shot him, believing that he could be reaching for a gun.
“I heard my son scream, I got up, and then I heard a shot,” said Lisa Finch, the mother of Andrew, in a video interview with the Wichita Eagle, according to this report.
“They call it swatting,” she added. “I didn’t even know it was a thing.”
Authorities in Los Angeles extradited Barriss to Kansas, where he made his first court appearance last Friday as he is now charged with involuntary manslaughter.
“I love swatting kids who think that nothing’s going to happen,” SWAuTistic said in a YouTube interview conducted after Finch’s death.
Yeah, how stupid and irresponsible can you get though? Apparently, his knows no bounds until an innocent man lost his life.
The report added that the arrest and charging of Barriss indicated that authorities were certain he is SWAuTistic .
The suspect is also accused of making a very similar call to police in Calgary one week before the Wichita shooting, but thankfully, nobody died as a result of that hoax.
Barriss also pled no contest to calling in a bomb threat in Glendale, California, in 2015.
The report also quoted court records that showed that in addition to the manslaughter charge, Kansas officials have also charged Barriss with giving a false alarm and interference with law enforcement. He could face more than a decade of imprisonment if found guilty of the charges.
Meanwhile, an attorney for the Finch family called for the criminal prosecution of the police officer who fired the fatal shot on Andrew.