Suspect In Fatal Hoax Call Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles faces three charges in connection with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Wichita

One of the players allegedly called Barriss and requested he "swat" another player.

Barriss has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called "swatting".

A California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Kansas has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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. Calgary police are charging Barriss with mischief and fraud.

Siegenthaler said swatting calls can put the public and officers at risk and tie up police resources.

But Barriss was in Los Angeles, not Kansas, and there was no hostage situation. "They have some promising information at this time".

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"This call concerned us because it was very specific and it sounded very real", said Siegenthaler.

While officers were at the scene trying to confirm what happened, another 911 call came in from a woman who lived at the same address. She also said he wasn't a part of the gaming community. 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". Officers said they believed he was reaching for a weapon, and fired, killing him. But Siegenthaler said victims are often random and pranksters have even been known to target movie stars.

Siegenthaler said it's unlikely that Barriss will be extradited to Canada, but that he would be arrested if he entered the country.

Finch was fatally shot by police after he answered the door.

The California man alleged to have sent SWAT team members to the Kansas home of Andrew Finch has been charged with manslaughter over the prank phone call leading to Finch's death late previous year.

Someone made a similar shooting-and-hostage-taking report at Finch's address and officers surrounded the home.

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