Man Arrested in Deadly 'Swatting' Prank Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

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After being taken in by authorities, he was then extradited from California to Kansas in order to stand trial and has reportedly been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reporting a false alarm, and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita. His bond for release has been set by the court at $500,000.

Tyler Barriss is read his official charges including involuntary manslaughter.

Barriss is accused of making the false report, which reportedly spawned from an argument after a wager-based game of Call of Duty: WWII.

In the state of Kansas, involuntary manslaughter can lead up to 11 years in prison as the maximum sentence, not including the two other charges Barriss faces. Instead, Andrew Finch, 28, opened his front door when he saw police lights outside and didn't know why.

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Swatting is the term when someone calls police with a fake story of a serious ongoing crime - like a killing, hostage situation or bomb threat - in an effort to draw a large police presence to an address. Officers said Finch was ordered to raise his hands but moved them to his waist.

At the tail end of 2017, we reported on the disastrous news of an innocent man being shot and killed after getting inadvertently tied to a swatting "prank" gone horribly wrong following an online Call of Duty match.

This week, Canadian police issued an arrest warrant for Barriss, accusing him of placing an eerily similar call just six days before the Kansas shooting.

Barriss, 25, is accused of claiming to the dispatcher that he had shot his father in the head and was holding the rest of his family hostage.

Bennett could not immediately say why Finch's address became the target of the hoax call.

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