California man arrested after fatal Kansas police shooting

California man arrested after fatal Kansas police shooting

Tyler Barriss, of Los Angeles, was been arrested for making a prank phone call, claiming he was involved in a shooting and hostage situation at a home in Wichita on Thursday. The booking sheet did not list a bail amount.

It was that Wichita address (near McCormick and Seneca) where the man with the "SWAuTistic" Twitter handle claimed to have made the "swatting" call Thursday night.

Livingston said police are investigating whether the call that led to the shooting was a prank.

Authorities have not released the name of the man who was killed on Thursday, but relatives have identified him as 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

Deputy Chief Troy Livingston on Friday blamed a "prankster" who called 911 and made up a story about a shooting and kidnapping.

Mr Finch was unarmed and followed commands to raise his hands but then failed to keep them raised as instructed by police, Mr Livingston said, and an officer feared he was drawing a gun. In the middle of a police officer shouting, "Walk this way!" a second time, a single shot rings out, killing Fitch. "The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department", Livingston said.

He has been arrested at least twice before, according to county records - once a year ago for unknown reasons, and once in 2015, when he called a phony bomb threat in to the ABC affiliate in Glendale, the station reported.

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Tyler Barriss, 25, allegedly used a tactic known as "swatting", when someone makes a fake 911 call to prompt the SWAT team to go to a location, after he got into an argument with another gamer while playing "Call of Duty".

After noticing the red and blue lights outside, Lisa Finch said, her son opened the door to see what was happening.

He threatened to set the house on fire, and then asked the operator: "Do you have my address correct?" For instance, at 6:44pm SWAuTistic said he had poured gasoline around the home and was thinking about lighting it; Fitch was shot at 6:43pm, just as these further threats were being made. "[The officer] took me, my roommate and my granddaughter, who witnessed the shooting and had to step over her dying uncle's body". An FBI supervisor in Kansas City, Missouri, which covers all of Kansas, said the agency joined in the investigation at the request of local police.

The Wichita address, however, was the home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who police said they do not believe was involved.

Lisa Finch told reporters that she and her family were handcuffed, taken outside and placed into separate police cruisers. The FBI estimates 400 swatting attacks occur every year, Clark said in a statement when announcing the bill.

In January, three families in Florida had to evacuate their homes in Florida after a detective received an anonymous email claiming bombs had been placed at the address. Police didn't find any weapons on him and officers learned he did not make the 911 call, according to Livingston.

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