California suspect in fatal hoax 911 call sent to Kansas

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Tyler Barriss will make his first appearance this afternoon in District Court.

The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating Barriss on allegations that he made similar calls in late 2017, and had planned a meeting with federal prosecutors before arresting the 25-year-old in connection with the Kansas incident.

The Los Angeles man at the center of what is believed to be the first fatal "swatting" incident in the US has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a hoax phone call that led to a deadly shooting in Kansas, records show. He was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Just one week before the deadly Wichita call, Barriss reportedly called in a false threat at a Calgary woman's apartment.

A message left for the local public defender's office wasn't immediately returned. Police believe Barriss was responsible for making a hoax emergency call to Wichita, Kansas' 911 dispatch, and reporting a fake homicide and hostage situation.

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. Officers said Finch was ordered to raise his hands but moved them to his waist.

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

The false call made by Barriss is believed to have been the result of an online dispute between two Call of Duty players. Instead, one gamer is said to have provided two others with the Wichita address where Finch was killed. Finch appears to have no connection to the game or the dispute arising from it.

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

Barriss was arrested by the LAPD this month and agreed to waive extradition and be taken to Kansas to face charges.

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