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Crime L.A. man arrested in fatal 'swatting' hoax in Wichita has been accused of making false threats before

00:40  31 december  2017
00:40  31 december  2017 Source:   latimes.com

Wichita family says son killed by police in possible ‘swatting’ scheme was unarmed

  Wichita family says son killed by police in possible ‘swatting’ scheme was unarmed Blue and red lights flashed outside of the McCormick Street house just after 6 p.m. on Thursday. Curious of what was going on – Andrew Finch, 28, opened the door. “I heard my son scream, I got up and then I heard a shot,” his mother, Lisa Finch, said Friday morning. Finch and other relatives invited reporters into their home Friday morning – more than 12 hours after Wichita police said an officer fatally shot a 28-year-old man, who was identified by family as Andrew “Andy” Finch. “We want Andy’s side of the story to be told,” his mother said.“I heard my son scream, I got up and then I heard a shot,” his mother, Lisa Finch, said Friday morning.

A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday in South Los Angeles for his suspected role in a “ swatting ” hoax incident in Kansas that resulted in the fatal police shooting of a man . Tyler Barriss was arrested on a fugitive warrant related to the Thursday shooting in Wichita , said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

Los Angeles police arrested a man for his suspected role in a “ swatting ” hoax incident in Kansas that resulted Tyler Barriss, 25, who was arrested in South Los Angeles on Friday, made a hoax call that resulted Barriss was previously arrested in 2015 on charges of making false bomb threats to the

  L.A. man arrested in fatal 'swatting' hoax in Wichita has been accused of making false threats before © Fernando Salazar / Associated Press

A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday in South Los Angeles for his suspected role in a “swatting” hoax incident in Kansas that resulted in the fatal police shooting of a man.

Tyler Barriss was arrested on a fugitive warrant related to the Thursday shooting in Wichita, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. Barriss is being held without bail, Lopez said.

Barris was also arrested in 2015 on charges of making false bomb threats to the KABC-TV studio in Glendale. The station was evacuated after Barriss allegedly called and said there were “multiple” bombs inside.

He was convicted in 2016 on two counts related to making a false bomb report and sentenced to two years and eight months in L.A. County Jail. It’s unclear how much time time he served.

Details revealed about suspect in deadly "SWATting" prank

  Details revealed about suspect in deadly Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested in Los Angeles a day after police shot and killed a man at a house in Wichita . Barriss, who served jail time last year for making a phony bomb report, allegedly told police that hostages were inside the home. The family of the dead man, Andrew Finch, said he didn't even play video games and wasn't the intended target of the prank known as "SWATting," when someone falsely reports a major crime to 911, hoping to incite a massive police response.

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He was arrested in South Los Angeles on Friday for his suspected role in a deadly prank in Kansas, police said. Barriss allegedly made a hoax call that Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said a prankster called to report a shooting and kidnapping. Police have not disclosed the name of the

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said the hoax call in that city was a case of "swatting," in which a false report of a serious crime is made to prompt a SWAT team to descend on a targeted address. Police said a prankster called 911 and reported a shooting and kidnapping. Police have not disclosed the name of the man who was killed Thursday evening, but relatives identified him as Andrew Finch, 28.

Police played audio of the call to 911. A man said his father had been shot in the head. He said he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint. The caller, speaking with relative calm, said he poured gasoline inside the home "and I might just set it on fire."

Several officers arrived and surrounded the home, braced for a hostage situation. When Finch went to the door police told him to put his hands up and move slowly.

Suspect in deadly 'swatting' call in Kansas held without bail in Los Angeles

  Suspect in deadly 'swatting' call in Kansas held without bail in Los Angeles A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of making a 911 call to police in Kansas as part of a deadly “swatting” prank is being held without bail pending an extradition hearing, authorities said Tuesday. Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, was arrested in South L.A. on Friday on an arrest warrant issued by Sedgwick County, Kan., authorities. The warrant is related to a call placed to Wichita police in which the caller claimed he had killed his father and was holding his mother and sibling at gunpoint.

The 2017 Wichita swatting was a swatting event that occurred on December 28, 2017 in Wichita , Kansas. Barriss was arrested on December 29, 2017 in Los Angeles on a fugitive warrant stemming from a 2015 charge of making false bomb threats to KABC-TV, and was charged with

L . A . man arrested in fatal ‘ swatting ’ hoax in Wichita has been accused of making false threats before . A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday in South Los Angeles for his suspected role in a “ swatting ” hoax incident in Kansas that resulted in the fatal police shooting of a man .

But Livingston said the man moved a hand toward the area of his waistband. An officer, fearing the man was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot. Finch died a few minutes later at a hospital. Livingston said Finch was unarmed.

The officer, a seven-year veteran of the department, is on paid leave pending the investigation.

The Finch family on Friday allowed reporters inside their home.

"What gives the cops the right to open fire?" Finch’s mother, Lisa Finch, asked. "That cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place."

Lisa Finch said the family was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and handcuffed after the shooting. She said her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle and that no guns were found in the home.

Dexerto, an online news service focused on the video game world, reported that the fatal series of events began with an online argument over a $1 or $2 wager over a “Call of Duty” game in an online tournament operated by UMG Gaming.

Suspect in 'swatting' death served time for false bomb reports

  Suspect in 'swatting' death served time for false bomb reports Tyler Raj Barriss was sentenced to jail in 2016 in connection with four incidents involving bomb threats in the Los Angeles area, authorities told NBC News.Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, was scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday on a request to extradite him to Kansas, where police in Wichita shot and killed Andrew Finch, 28, on Thursday as they responded to the hoax call. He was being held without bail on an arrest warrant from Sedgwick County, Kansas.

He was arrested in South Los Angeles on Friday for his suspected role in a deadly prank in Full headline: " Man arrested in L . A . in fatal ' swatting ' hoax in Wichita , Kan., has been accused of making false Bomb threats are death threats . Swatting is getting a SWAT response on a target’s

Tyler Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles , faces at least 20 years in prison for making a hoax call to Wichita , Kan., that lead to another man ’s death. Mr. Barriss called the police in Wichita , telling them that he had killed his father, was holding two family members at gunpoint, had doused his house in gasoline

"We woke this morning to horrible news about an innocent man losing his life," UMG spokeswoman Shannon Gerritzen said in an email to the Associated Press. "Our hearts go out to his loved ones. We are doing everything we can to assist the authorities in this matter." She declined to disclose other details.

Authorities say the swatting hoax that initially targeted celebrities has now become a way for players of combat-themed video games to retaliate against opponents while thousands of spectators watch.

Lisa Finch told reporters her son was not a gamer.

In addition to the 911 call, police also released a brief video of body camera footage from another officer at the scene. It was difficult to see clearly what happened.

The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually, with some using caller ID spoofing to disguise their number. An FBI supervisor in Kansas City, Missouri, which covers all of Kansas, said the agency joined in the investigation at the request of local police.

dakota.smith@latimes.com

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

UPDATES:

2:10 p.m.: This article was updated with new information about Barris' 2015 conviction in a Glendale case.

This article was originally posted at 10:20 a.m.

Suspect in fatal hoax had history of similar calls .
In some corners of the online gaming world, Tyler Rai Barriss was a notorious figure. The 25-year-old Los Angeles man had built a reputation for helping others gain revenge on rival players. He also had a history of making fake bomb threats and other hoaxes that sowed chaos and landed him in jail."There are 10 backpacks that have bombs in them," he said in one call to an L.A. elementary school that was immediately evacuated, according to court records. "Do not take this lightly.

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