Andrew Finch's Suspected 'Swatting' Killer Had a Lot of Practice, Police Say
Andrew Finch's Suspected 'Swatting' Killer Had a Lot of Practice, Police Say
Tyler Raj Barriss is suspected of falsely reporting a crime to police which led to the fatal shooting of an innocent man
13 January, 2018, 03:58
The 25-year-old gamer suspected of falsely reporting a crime to police as part of a deadly "swatting" trick is being held in California without bail pending an extradition hearing.
Prosecutors will decide on charges that will be filed.
A spokesman for police in Glendale told NBC News that Barriss lodged about 20 threat-related calls around the country, some to news organizations and universities, during that time.
Almost a week after police shot and killed a Kansas man while responding to a prank call, the victim's mother pleaded with authorities to allow her to see her deceased son. Barriss received a two-year sentence, court records show.
Barriss was sentenced to 32 months in jail in 2016 for making false bomb reports involving two Los Angeles-area schools and a television station.
Barriss dialed 911 claiming he had shot his father and was holding his mother and brother hostage.
In reality, there was no hostage situation, and the caller had no connection to the Finch family. The Wichita Police Department released audio of the phone call between the individual and the 911 dispatcher. The family wants the police officer who killed him criminally charged for his death, their attorney said Tuesday. "I already poured gasoline all over the house". The caller, speaking with relative calm, also said he poured gasoline inside the home "and I might just set it on fire".
Wichita Police arrived at the address provided by SWAuTistic and surrounded the home. 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot and killed by an officer at that home, and the officer has been placed on administrative leave while Wichita police and the KBI investigate. But then he briefly lowered his hands, and a police officer shot him. That's when an officer on the north side of the home fired one round, striking the man.
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"It is sort of a fact of the world we live in now that it is very hard to bring charges against police officers unless there is glaring negligence and misconduct", Cross said. Finch died at a hospital.
Many thousands more have been injured, sometimes severely, during brutal encounters with the police. The tweets contain the address where Finch was shot and killed.
Lisa Finch on Friday told reporters "that cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place".
"We very much look at it as a bad thing that happened to a community, and even worse an innocent bystander who isn't even a gamer", said Ramsey Jamoul, CEO at Wichita eSports, which hosts semi-professional video game tournaments.
The Kansas police are now holding an investigation into Andrew's death, though Lisa is distressed by the police's handling of the situation. "The police said, 'Come out with your hands up, '" she added. Please let me see my son's lifeless body. "We don't want to influence witnesses; we don't want to influence jurors".
Livingston said investigators believe the prank call was a case of "swatting", in which a 911 caller intends to deceive law enforcement about an alleged serious emergency.
The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually, with some using caller ID spoofing to disguise their number. Richard Wistocki, with the Naperville, Illinois, Police Department. Police claim that he made the call that triggered the massive police response in Kansas. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as with the officer".
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Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records. Barriss was arrested in a Los Angeles transitional recovery center, law enforcement sources told NBC.
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