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.
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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.