The recent issuing of arrest warrants for a California man in connection with a fraudulent call to 911 that prompted a large police presence in southwest Calgary was likely the first encounter with the term "swatting" for many Calgarians but, for online gamers, the criminal prank calls are well-known.
Tyler Raj Barriss is accused by the state of Kansas of making a false 9-1-1 call to Wichita Police that led to the "swatting" death of Andrew Finch who was not part of the ongoing argument between Barriss and another Call of Duty: WWII player. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.
The booking report shows Barriss was booked into jail at 3:14 p.m.
Police responded to the address, where an officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after Finch opened his door and walked onto his porch.
Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records.
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The hoax call reportedly was made after a dispute over a small wager online in a "Call of Duty" online video game tournament, according to Dexerto, a news service focused on gaming.
Barris has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called "swatting". Calgary police are charging Barriss with mischief and fraud. Police revealed few other details but said investigators identified a suspect who had made contact online with the woman earlier that day and that she was targeted because of her "online persona".
The Calgary Police Service allege that Barriss called 911 at about 7:40 p.m. on December 22 and told an operator he killed his father and was holding his mother and younger brother hostage in the 2300 block of 17b Street S.W. Officers said they believed he was reaching for a weapon, and fired, killing him.
Barriss waived extradition to Kansas last week.