Tyler Barriss charged with manslaughter in fatal 'swatting' incident

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The suspect in the "swatting" incident that led to the shooting death of a Wichita, Kansas man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to arrest records, via The Wichita Eagle.

Prosecutors allege he made a call from Los Angeles on December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita; responding police officers fatally shot a man at the home. His bond has been set to $500,000 for involuntary manslaughter. Barriss will appear in court on Friday to be read his charges.

Barriss is accused of making the false report, which reportedly spawned from an argument after a wager-based game of Call of Duty: WWII.

Barriss was arrested the next day in Los Angeles. It has gained traction in recent years among online gamers.

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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. Instead, one gamer is said to have provided two others with the Wichita address where Finch was killed.

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. Bariss is the one who allegedly made the phone call to the Wichita police.

Police report that Barriss made the initial emergency call, stating that he had killed his father and was holding the rest of his family hostage. Responding to a realistic-sounding 911 call, Calgary police believed a man had been shot and two others were being held hostage in the home.

Calgary tactical officers descended on the neighborhood, evacuating the surrounding area before a woman at the home also called police to warn them she believed she was the target of a fake call.

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