Swatting suspect makes first court appearance

Andrew Finch

Tyler Barriss, 25, made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court following extradition from California.

Barriss was released from the Los Angeles County Jail Thursday morning and was flown to Kansas.

Tyler Raj Barriss is accused by the state of Kansas of making a false 9-1-1 call to Wichita Police that led to the "swatting" death of Andrew Finch who was not part of the ongoing argument between Barriss and another Call of Duty: WWII player. The Sedgwick County Jail shows he's booked on a warrant for involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Barriss did not immediately return a message left Friday at the jail.

Wichita police responded to that call and confronted Andrew Finch, 28.

An officer discharged his weapon after Finch reached for his waistband, Deputy Chief Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department said during a news conference on Friday.

The woman told police she believed she was the victim of a swatting call - when someone makes a phoney emergency call aimed at sending tactical officers to a certain location.

A fugitive-from-justice warrant filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors says Barriss was charged in Kansas on December 29 with the felony of making a false alarm.

Reports say Barriss was called by someone after a feud between two Call of Duty players broke out over a virtual "friendly kill" during a game earlier that day.

Barriss also faces charges in Calgary, Canada, according to The Globe and Mail, as spotted by Rolling Stone. "He doesn't play video games", Finch said. Barriss was allegedly targeting the home of a young woman he met online, authorities in Calgary said.

The caller who phoned Wichita police said in a relatively calm voice that he had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint, according to the 911 recording.

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