Swatting suspect makes first court appearance

Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Barriss made his first court appearance in Kansas Friday following extradition from California.

Barriss was arrested on a fugitive warrant in late December by Los Angeles police.

Barriss was arrested on charges of giving false alarm, and then extradited from Los Angeles to Kansas, where he has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter and interference with law enforcement.

Tyler Barriss has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of Andrew Finch.

Barriss is accused of making the false report, which reportedly spawned from an argument after a wager-based game of Call of Duty: WWII. The county District Attorney Marc Bennett wants to leave no stone unturned. When Wichita police responded, a man, later identified as Andy Finch, 28, emerged from the front door and was fatally shot by an officer.

An officer discharged his weapon after Finch reached for his waistband, Deputy Chief Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department said during a news conference on Friday. But causing a false alarm is not among the "inherently risky felonies" listed under the state's felony-murder statute, so prosecutors sought the manslaughter charge instead, Bennett said during a phone interview. Finch appears to have no connection to the game or the dispute arising from it.

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. Calgary police are charging Barriss with mischief and fraud.

The caller who phoned Wichita police said in a relatively calm voice that he had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint, according to the 911 recording.

When he raised his hands suddenly, police say, a officer who was standing in a driveway across the street shot him.

Vanessa Coleman

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