Tyler Barriss, 25, appears in extradition court in Los Angeles, CA.
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.
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 has also been charged with reporting a false alarm, and interference with a law enforcement officer. 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.
A message left for the local public defender's office wasn't immediately returned.
Prosecutors allege Barriss made a call December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping that led Wichita police to a home where 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot and killed after opening his door. Police officers who responded surrounded a Wichita address provided by the caller and fatally shot the man who came out of the home, Andrew Finch. Wichita police say he was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waistline multiple times.
The false call made by Barriss is believed to have been the result of an online dispute between two Call of Duty players.
Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records. The address turned out to be unrelated to anyone involved with the dispute, however, and instead led police to Finch.
Eyewitness News has learned that Tyler Barriss is coming to Kansas. Barriss was allegedly targeting the home of a young woman he met online, authorities in Calgary said.