Suspect in fatal hoax call in Wichita makes court appearance

Andrew Finch

Andrew Finch

The Sedgwick County Jail shows he's booked on a warrant for involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. His bail was set at $500,000. Barriss is expected to make a first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court after 2:30 p.m. Friday. Kansas prosecutes non-drug felonies based on this grid; it appears as though Bariss, if found guilty, would face a maximum of 55 months in prison on that one charge with the possibility for parole after three years.

According to jail records in Los Angeles, Barriss was released to Kansas authorities at 8:53 a.m.

Police responded to the address, where an officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after Finch opened his door and walked onto his porch.

Neither Barriss nor Finch was involved in the disputed game, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. In that case, the intended victim, Lisa Vannatta, who streams about gaming and technology under the name STPeach, was warned about the possible swatting by a viewer; she then contacted 911 herself to inform the police that it was a hoax.

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There is no update regarding punishment for the Call of Duty player that apparently provided Finch's address as his own. The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating Barriss on allegations that he made similar calls in late 2017, and had planned a meeting with federal prosecutors before arresting the 25-year-old in connection with the Kansas incident.

The false call made by Barriss is believed to have been the result of an online dispute between two Call of Duty players.

Eyewitness News has learned that Tyler Barriss is coming to Kansas. Officers said they believed he was reaching for a weapon, and fired, killing him.

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