Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a hoax emergency call that resulted in a SWAT police officer fatally shooting a man at the door of his own home in Kansas, a law enforcement official said Saturday.
A California man was sent to 20 years in prison for making a hoax 911 call that resulted in an innocent Kansas man's death.
swatting "call – a practice where an individual makes a phony call to 911 to force police to respond with SWAT teams.
" Swatting is no prank, "US Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a statement. "Sending police and emergency responders to anyone's home based on utterly false information as some of joke shows and incredible disregard for the safety of other people."  The 20-year sentence, handed out Friday, is believed to be the longest ever in a "swatting" hoax case, the US Attorney's Office of the District of Kansas said in a statement.
In December 2017, Barriss made a 911 call reporting with a hostage situation after he had argued with another gamer playing "Call of Duty," police said. Barriss gave an address he thought to be the other gamer's, authorities said.
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But that call led to Wichita police surrounding the home of Andrew Finch, 28, who had no connection to the situation.
"When officers arrived, they believed a man who had killed his own father and was holding family members," the US Attorney’s Office said in its statement. "The man who came outside to face police, however, had done nothing wrong and did not know about the swatting call." Authorities say Finch dropped his hands unexpectedly and that's when police fired at him. Finch later died at a hospital. The officer who shot him would not face charges, prosecutors said last April
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"I hope that this prosecution and length sentence sends a strong message that will end in the juvenile and reckless practice of" swatting "within the gaming community, as well as in any other context," McAllister said Friday.
Barriss has also pleaded guilty to charges in Washington, DC, for making bomb bomb threat calls to the FBI and FCC as well as in the Central District of California for fake bomb threats and phony emergency calls.
Two other men, Casey Viner , 19, of Ohio, and Shane Gaskill, 20, of Kansas, await charge for charges in connection with the Wichita case. Prosecutors say Vince allegedly asked Barriss to "swat" Gaskill, who then allegedly gave out an address that wasn't his.
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