Swatting suspect makes first court appearance, charged with involuntary manslaughter

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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.

Calgary police said Tuesday they have charged Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, with mischief and fraud charges following the incident on December 22 that saw officers along with police dogs surround the unnamed woman's apartment.

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Tyler Barriss, 25, was booked by Sedgwick County police on Thursday after being extradited from California. After this incident, an arrest was later made, and now the suspect has officially been charged with involuntary manslaughter for having his hand in the events that led to a person's death.

According to jail records in Los Angeles, Barriss was released to Kansas authorities at 8:53 a.m. When the SWAT team arrived and a man, Andrew Finch, answered the door, an officer shot him.

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Neither Barriss nor Finch was involved in the disputed game, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Barriss was given a fake address after two competitive CoD players got into an argument over an online 'Wager match, ' where he would eventually call in a phony hostage situation, leading to a massive police response to the area. Bariss is the one who allegedly made the phone call to the Wichita police.

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The Kansas City Police Department received a 9-1-1 call alleging that a family was being held hostage after the father had been killed by an intruder. Calgary police are charging Barriss with mischief and fraud. Instead, one gamer is said to have provided two others with the Wichita address where Finch was killed.

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