Suspect in fatal hoax call in Wichita makes court appearance

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Barriss made his first appearance in a Wichita courtroom Friday afternoon and a preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 25, according to Sedgwick County Dist. Atty.

Calgary police said Tuesday they have charged Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, with mischief and fraud charges following the incident on December 22 that saw officers along with police dogs surround the unnamed woman's apartment.

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

"Swatting" is the term used when someone calls police with a false report of an ongoing crime. Barriss will appear in court on Friday to be read his charges.

Prosecutors allege Barriss made a call December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping that led Wichita police to a home where 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot and killed after opening his door. But causing a false alarm is not among the "inherently unsafe felonies" listed under the state's felony-murder statute, so prosecutors sought the manslaughter charge instead, Bennett said during a phone interview.

Barris placed a report of a murder and hostage situation with the Wichita police following a dispute between two Call of Duty players over a lost match.

The false call made by Barriss is believed to have been the result of an online dispute between two Call of Duty players. "He doesn't play video games", Finch said.

Eyewitness News has learned that Tyler Barriss is coming to Kansas. The woman involved in the Calgary incident reportedly told police that Barriss targeted her because of her online presence, according to Rolling Stone.

Barriss was arrested by the LAPD this month and agreed to waive extradition and be taken to Kansas to face charges. Officers said they believed he was reaching for a weapon, and fired, killing him.

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