The Call of Duty gamer who allegedly ‘swatted’ a Wichita man, resulting in his death, has been arrested. And according to the LA Times, he’s apparently an old hand at his craft . . . L.A. man arrested in fatal ‘swatting’ hoax in Wichita has been accused of making false threats before
A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday in South Los Angeles for his suspected role in a “swatting” hoax incident in Kansas that resulted in the fatal police shooting of a man.
Tyler Barriss was arrested on a fugitive warrant related to the Thursday shooting in Wichita, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. Barriss is being held without bail, Lopez said.
Barriss allegedly attempted to swat another gamer, but was given a false address for the object of his attack. A resident at that address, Andrew Finch, who was in no way involved with the dispute, opened the door when police arrived and was shot and killed.
Several officers arrived and surrounded the home, braced for a hostage situation. When Finch went to the door police told him to put his hands up and move slowly.
But Livingston said the man moved a hand toward the area of his waistband. An officer, fearing the man was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot. Finch died a few minutes later at a hospital. Livingston said Finch was unarmed.
Barriss was apparently upset with the other gamer over a high stakes competition they were engaged in.
Dexerto, an online news service focused on the video game world, reported that the fatal series of events began with an online argument over a $1 or $2 wager over a “Call of Duty” game in an online tournament operated by UMG Gaming.
There’s no word yet as to what charges Barriss will face besides, you’d have to assume, filing a false police report. Manslaughter or possibly even a second degree murder charge could also be in his future.