California suspect in 911 hoax faces felony in Kansas death

Tyler Raj Barriss is suspected of falsely reporting a crime to police which led to the fatal shooting of an innocent man

Tyler Raj Barriss is suspected of falsely reporting a crime to police which led to the fatal shooting of an innocent man

Barriss acknowledged that he is the person wanted in Kansas, and he waived his right to an extradition hearing. Wearing a dark hoodie, he spoke sparsely, providing only brief responses to a judge's questions.

Officer Paul Cruz, a spokesman for the Wichita police, said the two city police departments are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case, but provided no further details including on possible charges or extradition.

The goal of such "swatting" calls is to get a SWAT team to respond, although Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsey said none of the officers at the scene were SWAT team members.

The man who was shot was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead Thursday night. A Call of Duty swatting incident between two players has ended in the death of an unrelated 28-year-old man, and one of the pair has already been arrested.

Police went to the address they were given, and that's where Andrew Finch, 28, was shot to death. "I want to hold him and say goodbye. He's a grown man who's done this stuff before".

Barriss was arrested and later convicted for making bomb threats to a California television station in 2015.

Barriss' digital footprint suggests he was familiar with swatting, as a cached copy of his now-suspended Twitter account had multiple references to it.

On Friday, an arrest was made in connection with the deadly shooting.

HBO Fahrenheit 451 Trailer
That goes to what's in Bradbury's novel that's different than the other classic - 1984 - Bradbury says, we asked for this... The movie script for " Fahrenheit 451 " has something like stage directions, but it's more like narration, Cherne said.

The district attorney's office says additional charges could be filed once prosecutors review the information provided by police. They were then transported downtown and interviewed by Wichita police officers.

Lisa Finch said the Wichita Police Department hasn't been forthcoming with the family about her son's death.

The call prompted a SWAT team to surround a Wichita residence and shoot an innocent man who answered the door. The video shows Finch standing on the porch of his home moments before an officer discharges his weapon. Livingston said Finch was unarmed. Grainy bodycam footage of the shooting is available here (the video is preceded by the emergency call that summoned the police). "The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk".

In one private online conversation, SWAuTistic can be seen bragging about his escapades, claiming to have called in fake emergencies at approximately 100 schools and 10 homes.

"That victim doesn't even realize that this is being done to them", said Det.

"The cops are trying to make this go away and it's not going to go away".

Lisa Finch wrote in a letter to the Wichita, Kansas, mayor and police chief that she doesn't know where they're keeping his body and that she wants to give her son "a proper funeral service and burial". Livingston did not name that officer but said he's a 7-year veteran of the department. Why was her family, including a teen granddaughter, handcuffed after the shooting?

"Swatting is not new, just like prank calling is not new", Stroth said.

Latest News