Man behind swatting “prank” that got an innocent dad of 2 killed is finally charged

Rare | 1/13/2018 | Alex Thomas
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Tyler Barris is charged with involuntary manslaughter after his “swatting” prank left a Kansas father of two dead.

Barris, who is from Los Angeles, appeared in a Kansas courtroom Friday after being extradited from California. On Dec. 28, Barris allegedly called the cops in Kansas and gave them the address of a Wichita home, saying that he was a resident in the home who recently killed his family. He also indicated that there was an ongoing hostage situation. The address Barris gave police belonged to a man that he was arguing with online over a video game. However, the exact situation is somewhat unclear as sources with knowledge of the case have stated that neither Barris or the victim were involved in the game involved in the dispute.

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When the victim, 28-year-old Andy Finch emerged from his house, he was shot by police. Barris’s “prank”– having the police arrive at a victim’s house — is called “swatting” and dates to the early 2000s, per CNN.

The 25-year-old suspect said that he has...
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