Published: Sun, December 31, 2017
Tech | By Amelia Peters

LA police arrest 25-year-old as suspect of Kansas swatting death

LA police arrest 25-year-old as suspect of Kansas swatting death

Barriss was reportedly arrested about 3:15 p.m. Friday by Los Angeles police on suspicion of making the swatting call.

Barriss is being held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

The incident took place late Thursday when police were called about a supposed domestic incident at a Kansas man's home, where he had shot his father and was holding his other family members at gunpoint, police said in a press conference Friday.

When police arrived at the address, Andrew Finch answered the door and was shot by a police man. Within seconds, he had been fatally shot.

"We woke this morning to frightful news about an innocent man losing his life", UMG spokeswoman Shannon Gerritzen said in an email to The Associated Press.

Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston has confirmed that an ongoing investigation into this particular prank has been launched.

"The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people and lives at risk", Livingston said.

The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually.

This tweet came from the gamer many claim is responsible for the swatting prank. Deputy chief Livingstone told the media that officers recieved the call to go to the 1000 block of McCormick and "got into position".

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Finch's address was given to the alleged "swatter" over a $2 bet on a video game rivalry.

On that fateful evening, it's believed one of the Call of Duty players sent some address details to a known hoax caller, who we now know as Tyler "SWAuTistic" Raj Barris.

It's something Ramsey says shouldn't be taken lightly. And now that person was holding mother, brother and sister hostage. "I'm too scared admittedly", they wrote. He also says he's poured gasoline all over the house and may burn it down, to which the 911 operator responds, "We don't need that". He then lists the address where the victim, Finch, was present. "As he came to the front door, one of our officers discharged his weapon".

A man walked out the front door. At numerous points, however, he reached for his waistband. Finch was not armed.

"I heard my son scream, I got up and then I heard a shot", Lisa Finch, the victim's mother told the Eagle.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, in announcing Garner's death Saturday, says she fought for justice and was "a warrior to the end". The hoaxer said that the gamer had told him about another gamer who apparently felt like he wasn't going to get swatted.

Wichita, Kansas police are continuing their investigation of a fatal-officer involved shooting that happened Thursday night.

UMG Gaming, which runs tournaments of online video games including Call of Duty, also told the AP that the company "is doing everything we can to assist the authorities". Federal prosecutors pursued cases in Maryland and CT in 2015. The intended victim, who was not swatted, said this.

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