Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax leads to arrest in California

James Marshall
January 2, 2018

The man's family said he was not involved in online gaming.

Wichita police have said they believe the 911 call which led to the shooting was a case of "swatting" - where hoaxers deliberately make up a false report to get a SWAT team or other police officers to raid an address.

"The irresponsible actions of the prankster put people and lives at risk", he said. He was taken into custody on a fugitive warrant in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon. You could point the finger at the guy who made the call.

Wichita police on Friday released a recording of the 911 call in question. The same set of FCC rules also requires carriers to allow number "blocking" at no cost for all interstate calls so the incoming number shows up as being "not available" on your phone.

In this case, the caller told Wichita 911 that he had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and a sibling hostage at Finch's address.

The SWAT team surrounded Finch's houe in Wichita expecting a hostage situation, but when Finch got to the door the police told him to raise his hands, with an officer firing and killing the 28-year-old father as he moved his hands towards his waistband.

The officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave, which Livingston said is standard protocol. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Having been threatened with a swatting, one of the players gave out Finch's address in place of their own. Livingston did not name that officer but said he's a 7-year veteran of the department.

Andrew "Andy" Finch brought potato salad to every family gathering.

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The other friend said the Wichita call stemmed from an argument among two gamers that didn't involve Barriss or Finch.

Lisa Finch on Friday told reporters "that cop murdered my son over a false report in the first place". She said the family then was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and that her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle.

More than a dozen people involved in the online gaming community have said that an argument between two Call of Duty players over a $2 bet caused one to initiate the "swat".

While the entire incident was obviously despicable and Barriss alone is responsible for his actions, it's worth asking if there isn't more we could be doing to prevent these types of "hoax" incidents. "Our hearts go out to his loved ones". It's unclear why he pulled a gun but the situation wouldn't have happened if Barriss had never made the call.

Barriss was subsequently was charged with two felony counts of a false report of a bomb to an agency of business and one felony count of criminal threats.

Tyler Barriss is shown in a 2015 mug shot released by Glendale police on December 30, 2017. The FBI estimates that roughly 400 cases of swatting occur annually.

The arrest comes after police said a prankster had lured officers to a house in the city of Wichita on Thursday. Salter reported from St. Louis. Armed officers in 2016 responded to an anonymous call claiming an active shooter was at Clark's home.

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