Prankster behind 'swatting' demise charged with manslaughter

Prankster behind 'swatting' demise charged with manslaughter

Tyler Barris is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Wichita resident Andrew Finch, 28, who was shot after police responded to a 911 call from a man claiming to have shot and kidnapped members of his family at the address where Finch lived. Police have said he moved a hand toward his waistband and an officer, fearing he was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot and killed him.

During interviews with KWCH-TV Friday and Sunday, Barriss admitted that he had been paid to make other hoax calls in the past.

The incident appears to have originated with an online feud over a $1.50 Call of Duty bet.

After hearing the charges against him, according to Glixel, the court set the date for when Barriss would be assigned a defense attorney for his upcoming arraignment where he would declare if he pleaded guilty or not of the charges.

Barriss declined, however, to say if he placed the "swatting" call, so called because such hoaxes aim to cause the deployment of heavily armed "swat" police units, that summoned officers to Finch's house in Wichita. Officers later confirmed Finch was unarmed and uninvolved in the events that led police to his home. The Los Angeles Times reports that Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter and could face up to 11 years and three months in prison if convicted. "I don't think it will ever justify what happened".

In, Mr Barriss said he understood the "magnitude" of what had happened and felt "remorse". I'll just take responsibility and serve whatever time, or whatever it is that they throw at me...

"I heard my son scream, I got up, and then I heard a shot", said Lisa Finch, victim Andrew Finch's mother in an interview with the Wichita Eagle. Someone lost their life. "I just wish I could have rewound somehow and just never done it". "I didn't even know it was a thing". "I understand all of that".

"There is no inspiration", said.

In the fake emergency call which he made from Los Angeles, the suspect reportedly told police that there was an ongoing homicide and hostage situation taking place and provided the address of the person he had gotten into an argument with.

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