Suspect In Deadly Fake 911 Call Formally Charged

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Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested the afternoon of December 29 in Los Angeles in connection with the crime, and waived extradition to Kansas in a Los Angeles courtroom last week.

Barriss will be back in court January 25.

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.

Barriss is also facing charges regarding giving false alarm and falsely reporting a felony.

The man accused of placing a "swatting" call that led to the deadly officer-involved shooting in Wichita has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail. Barriss will appear in court on Friday to be read his charges.

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Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police on December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita, Kansas. Instead, Andrew Finch, 28, opened his front door when he saw police lights outside and didn't know why. Police said Finch was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waist multiple times before being shot.

Swatting is the act of making a fake emergency call in an attempt to get officer to respond to someone's address.

The false call made by Barriss is believed to have been the result of an online dispute between two Call of Duty players. The Calgary resident said that she was targeted by Barriss due to her online persona. Barriss was allegedly targeting the home of a young woman he met online, authorities in Calgary said.

Calgary tactical officers descended on the neighborhood, evacuating the surrounding area before a woman at the home also called police to warn them she believed she was the target of a fake call.

Barriss was arrested by the LAPD this month and agreed to waive extradition and be taken to Kansas to face charges.

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