Suspect In Fatal Wichita Swatting Case In Sedgwick County Jail

Jan 11, 2018

A suspect in the deadly Wichita swatting case was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail Thursday afternoon.

County records show Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles was charged with involuntary manslaughter, making a false alarm and interfering with law enforcement officers.

Barriss is accused of making the hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of Andrew Finch at a home near Seneca and McCormick about two weeks ago.

Investigators say Barriss told a 911 dispatcher that a shooting and kidnapping was happening at Finch’s address on December 28. Police characterized the call as a case of swatting, in which callers try to get police to respond to a bogus report.

Finch did not have a weapon when he was confronted by police.

Police said Finch was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waistline multiple times before being shot.

Wichita Police say investigators are interviewing other people involved in the hoax 911 call, but so far, no arrests have been announced.

Barriss was being held in the Los Angeles County jail since his arrest on December 29. He was released to Kansas authorities Thursday morning for extradition to Kansas.


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