A Los Angeles man whose online gaming wars led him to call a "Swatting" phone call on a Wichita, Kansas man and caused his death has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Swatting is an online gamer practice of calling the police and claiming a crime is going on in a place where the authorities arise at the victim's house.
Tyler Barriss had previously had the KABC TV studio evacuated shortly after calling a similar scare. But in the Wichita case, Andrew Finch, the innocent victim of the call, answered the door and spooked the police by failing to comply with their orders and causing them to shoot him dead.
Barriss confessed similar swatting calls in California and Washington, DC. In the Wichita incident, he pleaded guilty to a mistake in making a false report that resulted in a death, a number of cyber-stalking and a number of conspiracies.
"Swatting is not the prank," said US lawyer Stephen McAllister in a release. "Sending police and emergency personnel rushing to everyone's home based on totally false information, as some kind of joke shows an incredible breach of the safety of others. I hope this prosecution and long sentence sends a strong message that will put an end to it young and ruthless practices of "swatting" in the gaming environment, as well as in any other context … I also hope that today's result helps bring some peace to the Finch family and some closure to the Wichita community. "[1
UPDATE: The Los Angeles man allegedly initiated Wichita's "Swatting" death, Kansas man has been accused of involuntary rape.
Tyler Barriss, 25, is currently jailed in Kansas for Andrew Finch's death, 28, shot and killed during a police force in response to a false report on an armed hostage situation allegedly initiated by Barriss. Unfinished Finch was shot after holding his hands close to his waist as he left his home in response to the massive police presence.
Barriss allegedly called the police after an argument between two players in Call of Duty ] online game. One of the concerned parties asked Barriss to make the prank call and give him Finch's address.
"Swatting" is a hoax tactic used to cause special police units to respond to alleged hostages. A false story is given and provokes a mass police response to a site.
Previously, Barriss had time to pull the same Swatting prank on Los Angeles TV station KABC-TV.
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"Swatting" is a hoax tactic used to get special police units to respond to alleged hostages. A false story is given and provokes a mass police response to a site.
Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday with suspicion of calling the Wichita police and allegedly a hostage situation and shot at a local address. Police responded and shot Andrew Finch, 28, to death. It was subsequently alleged that the call came as a result of a dispute during a session in the online game Call of Duty and that there were no problems on the site.
In October 2015, Glendale police arrested a 22-year-old man of the same name to bomb KABC television threats. The threats resulted in the broadcasts of the day being made from a remote satellite supply via trucks.
Subsequently, Barriss was charged with two crimes for a false report on a bomb for a business agency and a crime number of criminal threats. This case is not known, but Barriss faces a possible four-year and four-month maximum decision.