Earlier this week, Tyler Barriss was handed a 20-year prison sentence for making a fake phone call to Wichita police that resulted in the shooting death of an unarmed man.
The 26-year-old Los Angeles resident pleaded guilty to charges related to the “swatting” incident last November. Swatting is a slang term that describes the act of calling local police and describing violent crimes occurring at another individual’s address, tricking law enforcement into confronting the resident of that address.
On December 28, 2017, two Call of Duty players Shane Gaskill and Casey Viner, became embroiled in an in-game argument. After Gaskill provided Viner with a fake Wichita address, Viner contacted Barriss, an online figure infamous for his swatting abilities, to call the police on the address. During the resulting confrontation, a police officer shot and killed Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old Wichita resident, as he stood in the front door of his home.
Barriss was charged in federal court for making a false report resulting in a death, cyberstalking, and conspiracy. After his sentencing, similar charges that he faced in Kansas’s state system were dropped by the Sedgwick County Office of the District Attorney.
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