A 25-year-old man was arrested in Los Angeles Friday night in connection with an alleged “swatting” prank that resulted in a police-involved fatal shooting in Kansas.
Authorities identified the suspect as Tyler Barriss of California. Barriss is suspected of making a hoax phone call to police in Wichita, Kansas, that resulted in the death of an innocent 28-year-old man.
According to ABC7, Wichita police officials were investigating whether the hoax phone call they received Thursday was an example of “swatting,” in which someone reports a false emergency in hopes of getting a SWAT team to arrive at a scene where no actual emergency exists.
On Thursday, just such a call resulted in police fatally shooting Andrew Finch, whom police believed was involved in a hostage situation.
Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston, who called the shooting a “tragic and senseless act,” said police were responding to a call from someone claiming his father had been shot in the head and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint.
The caller added that he poured gasoline inside the home and “might just set it on fire.”
Finch was shot in the chest by an officer who believed Finch was reaching for a weapon in his waistband, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he later died of his injuries.
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