Kansas swatter faces involuntary manslaughter charge

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Tyler Barriss made his first court appearance Friday afternoon, and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Barriss was arrested in a Los Angeles transitional recovery center, law enforcement sources told NBC.

Barriss was arrested on charges of giving false alarm, and then extradited from Los Angeles to Kansas, where he has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter and interference with law enforcement. Barriss will appear in court on Friday to be read his charges. A fugitive-from-justice warrant filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors says Barriss was charged in Kansas on December 29 with the felony of making a false alarm. Wichita police say he was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waistline multiple times. But causing a false alarm is not among the "inherently risky felonies" listed under the state's felony-murder statute, so prosecutors sought the manslaughter charge instead, Bennett said during a phone interview.

"Someone tried to SWAT me and got an innocent man killed, the person said on Twitter according to Rolling Stone".


Swatting is the term when someone calls police with a fake story of a serious ongoing crime - like a killing, hostage situation or bomb threat - in an effort to draw a large police presence to an address.

There is no update regarding punishment for the Call of Duty player that apparently provided Finch's address as his own.

On the evening of December 22, officers were deployed to an apartment building in the community of Bankview after someone called 911 claiming that they had shot their father and taken members of their family hostage. Police revealed few other details but said investigators identified a suspect who had made contact online with the woman earlier that day and that she was targeted because of her "online persona".

Barriss waived extradition to Kansas last week.

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