At the tail end of 2017, we reported on the disastrous news of an innocent man being shot and killed after getting inadvertently tied to a swatting "prank" gone horribly wrong following an online Call of Duty match.
Swatting is the term used by gamers when one player makes a fake 9-1-1 call and directs police to the address of a person who may have offended them in an online game. He was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.
As of writing, the length of his sentence is still unknown and will re-appear in court on January 25th. Barriss is being held on $500,000 bail. When Wichita police responded, a man, later identified as Andy Finch, 28, emerged from the front door and was fatally shot by an officer.
There is no update regarding punishment for the Call of Duty player that apparently provided Finch's address as his own.
Keenan says females who have ignored online advances or comments have also been the recipients of swatting attacks.
Tyler Barriss is read his official charges including involuntary manslaughter. Barriss provided a false address to police.
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 has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records.
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.