'Swatting' suspect charged with involuntary manslaughter

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Los Angeles man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Tyler Barriss made his first court appearance in Sedgwick County District Court on Friday following extradition from California. He was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Bond was set at $500,000.

Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police on Dec. 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita. Police responded to the address, where an officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after Finch opened his door.

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Barriss has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called "swatting."

The officer who shot and killed Finch remains on administrative leave.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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A 25-year-old Los Angeles man has been released to Kansas authorities to face a felony allegation that he made a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Wichita resident.

Sedgwick County Jail records show Tyler Barriss was booked at 3:14 p.m. Thursday for involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with law enforcement (falsely reporting a felony). His bond was set at $500,000.

Barriss was released from the Los Angeles County Jail Thursday morning and was flown to Kansas.

A fugitive-from-justice warrant filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors says Barriss was charged in Kansas on Dec. 29 with the felony of making a false alarm.

Police have said 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot after a prankster called 911 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's Wichita home on December 28..

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said once Barriss makes his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court, details of the charges filed will be made public.

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