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Two defendants allegedly involved in the swatting incident that led to the death of a Wichita man in December made their first appearance Wednesday in federal court.

Casey Viner, 18 and Shane Gaskill, 19, were each released on a $10,000 bond. The restrictions on the bond include not playing any online video games.

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Tyler Barriss, already facing state and federal charges in Kansas related to a fatal swatting incident in Wichita, is facing more charges in Washington, D.C.

Barriss, 25, was indicted this week in federal court in Washington, D.C., for allegedly phoning in bomb threats to the Federal Communications Commission and the headquarters of the FBI. The call to the FCC came on Dec. 14, the indictment says, and the call to the FBI on Dec. 22.

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Three men were charged in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in connection with the fake emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Wichita man last December.

Tyler Barriss, 25, is accused of making the fake emergency call — often referred to as swatting — on Dec. 28. He is charged with making a hoax report to emergency services, cyberstalking, wire fraud and conspiracy.

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The man accused of making a swatting call that led to a fatal police shooting in Wichita was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Sedgwick County Court.

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The Wichita Police officer who killed a man during a swatting incident last December will not face criminal charges.

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The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that increases the penalties for people who make “swatting” calls.

The bill was sparked by a swatting incident in December in which Andrew Finch was killed by Wichita Police responding to a fake call about a hostage situation at his address.

Swatting involves making a false 911 call to draw law enforcement to an address.

Finch was shot when he came onto his porch to investigate the police activity outside. Police have said Finch disobeyed police commands and was reaching towards his waistband when he was shot.

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Congressman Ron Estes of Wichita has introduced a bill that would increase penalties for swatting incidents.

The punishment could include up to 20 years in prison if someone is seriously injured as a result of swatting. A bill to increase swatting penalties has also been introduced in the Kansas Legislature.

Swatting involves making a false report of a crime in progress to emergency dispatchers in order to get a large number of police officers to descend on an address. The calls often arise after disputes between members of the online gaming community.

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The Kansas House has voted to toughen penalties for so-called swatting pranks that use false police reports to draw law enforcement to an address.

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The mother of a Wichita man who was fatally shot by a police officer last month in a swatting incident says she is seeking justice.

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The family of a Wichita man who was fatally shot by police on his porch after a hoax emergency call has sued the city and the unidentified officers involved.

The federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Kansas seeks unspecified damages related to the Dec. 28 death of Andrew Finch. He was shot by police responding to a California man's call with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's Wichita home. Finch, 28, was unarmed.

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