A California man who was accused of faking a hostage situation for a ‘swatting’ prank last month that resulted in an innocent 28-year-old Kansas man being shot dead has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Tyler Barriss made his first court appearance Friday in Kansas via a video from jail after he was extradited from Los Angeles.
In addition to manslaughter, the 25-year-old gamer was charged with making a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.
Tyler Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter in court on Friday after making a fake 911 call in December for a ‘swatting’ prank that resulted in the death of a Kansas man
Andrew Finch, 28, was shot and killed by an officer after Barriss told a 911 dispatcher he was had shot his father and was holding his family hostage at gunpoint
The shooting happened on the 1000 block of McCormick Street in Wichita
His bond was set at $500,000.
Barriss called Wichita police on December 28 claiming that he had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and brother at gunpoint.
He also claimed that he had poured gasoline inside the home and ‘might just set it on fire’.
Finch, a father-of-two, was not the man Barriss was feuding with
He allegedly gave a 911 dispatcher the address of a home on West McCormick Street in Wichita, Kansas. The house belonged to Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old father-of-two.
A SWAT team responded to the call, and Finch was shot dead as he opened the front door. Police have said that Finch moved his hand toward his waistband and an officer, fearing he was reaching for a gun, fired and killed him.
Finch’s mother, Lisa Finch, has said that he was unarmed and called his death ‘murder’.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said he is still reviewing whether charges will be filed against the officer. He’s awaiting a final autopsy report.
Once he makes a determination that decision will be made public, he said following Barriss’ hearing.
‘There is no other situation quite like this to reference,’ Bennett said. ‘I am not going to stand right here and say I am not considering anything else. That would be untrue.’
Police said Barriss made the call following a dispute over a $2 bet in a Call of Duty tournament
An involuntary manslaughter charge carries a sentence of 31 to 136 months in prison. Pictured January 3 in court for his extradition hearing
Barriss (left) allegedly meant to give officers the address of the man he was fighting with. Finch (right) was the wrong person
The ongoing investigation is also trying to determine if other people were involved. Bennett said that involves a forensic analysis of machines, phones and computers.
Investigators believe Barriss made the bogus 911 call from Los Angeles after getting in a dispute over the online video game Call of Duty. It’s believed that the bet was over $2.
As retaliation, Barriss gave police what he believed to be the address of the man he was feuding with. Finch was not involved in the dispute.
Before his arrest, Barriss is believed to have given an interview with DramaAlert, a YouTube channel, denying he’s responsible for Finch’s death.
Finch’s mother Lisa Finch (pictured) said her son was not armed when the officer pulled the trigger and killed him
Finch’s family is left mourning his loss. Pictured above is Francis Finch (left) Andrew Finch’s nephew and Tawny Unruh (right), the mother of Andrew Finch’s two children
‘It’s my personal belief that I didn’t cause someone to die,’ a man claiming to be Barriss said. ‘Of course I was involved.’
‘The call was made by me, but as far as the whole incident, you could point the finger at a few different people. You could point the finger at the cop that shot him, you could point the finger at the guy who made the call. You could point the finger at the person that gave the address.’
Bennett said in Kansas an involuntary manslaughter charge carries a sentence of 31 to 136 months, depending on the defendant’s criminal past. Barriss has a history of making hoax 911 calls, police said.