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Alleged Perpetrator of Call of Duty WWII 'Swatting' Death Indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter

Tyler Raj Barriss is accused by the state of Kansas of making a false 9-1-1 call to Wichita Police that led to the "swatting" death of Andrew Finch who was not part of the ongoing argument between Barriss and another Call of Duty: WWII player. His bond has been set to $500,000 for involuntary manslaughter. This charge means "a killing was unintentional which resulted from recklessness or during another unlawful act. He could end up with a felony conviction of 36 months in jail & a $300k fine.

From our earlier coverage:

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. According to police, a Kansas City man may have been the victim of a swatting incident resulting from an argument while playing Call of Duty.

The Kansas City Police Department received a 9-1-1 call alleging that a family was being held hostage after the father had been killed by an intruder. When the SWAT team arrived and a man, Andrew Finch, answered the door, an officer shot him. He died not long after in a local hospital. He leaves behind two children aged 2 and 7. The officer who shot Finch has been placed on administrative leave until the completion of the investigation.

However, this comes with a tragic twist: The man killed was not involved in the dispute between the CoD players. The player who was the “target” of the offended player had provided the latter with a false address that led the police to Finch’s home.

“Someone tried to SWAT me and got an innocent man killed, the person said on Twitter according to Rolling Stone.

Several players later took to Twitter claiming that one gamer had made the call, but rather than giving his own address, he gave what he thought was the address of the other player with whom he had been arguing. Responding to users, the person wrote, “I didn’t get anyone killed because I didn’t discharge a weapon and being a SWAT member isn’t my profession”. The account has been suspended.

Andrew Finch’s mother, Lisa Finch, told The Wichita Eagle her son wasn’t armed when he answered the door Thursday. She also said he wasn’t a part of the gaming community. “He doesn’t play video games,” Finch said. “He has better things to do with his time.”

Barriss is also wanted for his connection to another swatting incident in Calgary, Canada according to The Globe & Daily Mail:

Just days before Christmas, a Calgary woman's apartment was surrounded by tactical units with guns drawn. 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 police said Tuesday they have charged Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, with mischief and fraud charges following the incident on Dec. 22 that saw officers along with police dogs surround the unnamed woman's apartment. 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."

 

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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