Swatting suspect makes first court appearance, charged with involuntary manslaughter

Swatting suspect makes first court appearance, charged with involuntary manslaughter

Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police on December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita, Kansas. Barriss is being held on $500,000 bail.

Tyler Barriss, 25, was booked by Sedgwick County police on Thursday after being extradited from California.

It wasn't known that week what charges Barriss could face in Kansas.

Gaming news site Dexerto reported earlier that the dispute between Barriss and the other Call of Duty player occurred after a $1 or $2 online wager match on UMG, a popular video game matchmaking site.

Law enforcement sources told The Times last week that the dispute that led to the hoax call stemmed from an argument over an online matchup in "Call of Duty: World War II", a recently released first-person shooting game. 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.

Police said Andrew Finch was killed after he reached for his waistband. He was unarmed
SUPPLIED Police said Andrew Finch was killed after he reached for his waistband. He was unarmed

Police have said they believed Finch was armed when he moved his hands toward his waistband and then motioned toward officers.

One of the players allegedly called Barriss and requested he "swat" another player.

Police report that Barriss made the initial emergency call, stating that he had killed his father and was holding the rest of his family hostage.

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.

Several players later took to Twitter claiming that one gamer had made the call, but rather than giving his own address, he gave what he thought was the address of the other player with whom he had been arguing. Officers said they believed he was reaching for a weapon, and fired, killing him.

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