Accused Call of Duty swatter charged with involuntary manslaughter

Just before the new year, the gaming community was mortified to learn that an innocent Kansas man had been shot by police following a fake crime report targeting the victim’s residence over a video game – i.e., a swatting incident that actually came to its intended deadly end. Now, the caller, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, as well as with giving false alarm and interfering with a police officer.

According to original reports, Barriss was intending to target a Call of Duty player over a bet. His doxxing attempt went awry when he was given the wrong address for his victim, and so when he phoned police with his long and drawn out story about a murder/hostage/arson in progress, he sent them to the house of a completely unrelated father of two, Andrew Finch, who was subsequently shot and killed by police after opening his door.

It is not clear yet whether the officer who killed Finch will be charged; he is currently on paid administrative leave. Finch’s family has disputed law enforcement’s recounting of the events and blames the officer. The district attorney says he’s waiting on the completed autopsy report before deciding whether to hold police accountable as well.

Barriss reportedly has a documented history of swatting, including a case in Canada.

Source: CBS, Rolling Stone, Kotaku. With thanks to winterskorn and Armsbend.
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Armsman

He got off light with that type of charge. It could (and IMO) should have been second degree murder (IMO). Saw the bodycam video of the police officer involved, and yeah, it was lees then 2 seconds from ther officer yelling commands from across the street (with no bullhorn or PA) to him shooting the person dead. A too quick response IMO – and yeah sorry, it SHOULD be their job to ascertain the situation BEFORE so quickly resorting to such deadly force.

They CHOOSE a profession to be a police officer. If they don’t want any part of the ‘danger’ aspect, they should have picked a different profession.

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Weilan

I agree, they act way too violently on their part too.

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PurpleCopper

Fuck man, at least charge the cop as well.

Damn cop shoots a guy from 50 meters with his hands in the air while you shine a light in his face.

Next time there are cops at your door, don’t even fucking open the door if you’re innocent, just lie on the floor with your hands on your head and refuse to come out.

All that cop needs to do in court is say “I feared for my life”, and he’s instantly exonerated.

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David ward

Since none of use know what exactly happened at the door we’re poorly informed to judge, although that doesn’t stop any of us. We can also all sit here at our computers and tell with utmost authority that we KNOW what should have been done, but we don’t. Few, if any, here are trained to actually handle this type of situation, although I’m certain some while claim they are (woot internet, where we all can claim what we want.)

All I know, or care, is that this idiot, Tyler Barriss, pays for his part in ending an innocent person’s life.

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Bruno Brito

> Since none of use know what exactly happened at the door we’re poorly informed to judge, although that doesn’t stop any of us. We can also all sit here at our computers and tell with utmost authority that we KNOW what should have been done, but we don’t. Few, if any, here are trained to actually handle this type of situation, although I’m certain some while claim they are (woot internet, where we all can claim what we want.)

No.

A lot of people know what’s going on here, and we can also deduct what’s going on. It wasn’t a special force that attended the call, it was normal officers. And then a father of two got shot dead. WHAT do you think happened? He was unnarmed, he was NOT a menace.

There’s nothing more irritating than someone saying people shouldn’t judge because “they weren’t there”, when we have evidence and testimony of what happened. That’s really “FoxNews-y”.

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Kevin McCaughey

Absa-fuckin-lutely

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Nathan Aldana

“involuntary” . sure.

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van_glorious

Swatting is crazy enough as is, but phoning the police and telling him that he’s calling because a person had ALREADY killed someone just pisses me off beyond anything.

Imagine this: The cops are told to head to a house, where a murder had already been commited, and everyone expects the cops to be calm and talk to the “offenders” as if their music was too loud!? The father had according to the call already murdered his wife!

There’s not a lot of things that pisses me off. This case is so sickening to me, because not only did someone completely unrelated to the argument get killed, Tyler is reacting to it as if he has NO FAULT at all.

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Bruno Brito

You investigate things first. The guy complied and got shot. That’s not how you should do things in the force.

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van_glorious

I agree. Swatting shouldn’t even be a thing, but an emergency call is still an emergency call. I just think there needs to be a harsher punishment for those who think it is okay to prank someone by sending the police to your house in case of false allegations, especially when the caller says that the other party had murdered someone and is capable of blowing the entire house up as was this case.

The police officer should not have done what he did. From my training there is a saying and a truth and should be reinforced more than anything else, and that saying is the most important of all the sayings: “Don’t point your weapon at someone, unless you’re willing to shoot.”

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Jerry Maples

Clearly, the office was ready to shoot. That’s part of the problem.

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Sir ilho

Yes, it is part of the problem.

Still doesn’t mean that police officers should investigate when approaching a house where a person has already committed one homiced and is suspected of committing another.

I really don’t get how this kid gets off with this ‘involutary’ bullshit, but i imagine it has something to do with not addressing the “the office was ready to shoot” subject..

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Bruno Brito

> Still doesn’t mean that police officers should investigate when approaching a house where a person has already committed one homiced and is suspected of committing another.

They should, period. Even if it’s a incomplete investigation. You don’t go in a “life lost” situation wanting to kill someone else.

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Seaton

Tens of thousands of dollars go into training these guys. They are the buffer between dumbasses and the general public. This leo failed, he will get additional paid leave and then quietly dismissed. Hopefully he does not end up as your trigger-happy neighbor.

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Grave Knight

Give the asshole 25 year prison sentence.

Not sure about the officer since that incident isn’t fully explained.

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Roger Melly

Wouldn’t happen in the UK our police are not armed for the most part and the ones that are have rigorous training in the use of firearms .

Having said that I do sympathise with the police in the USA because they faced with criminals that are far more likely to be in possession of firearms where every arrest or confrontation with public has the potential to be fatal . However they should face dismissal from their jobs at the very least if not charges .

Glad to see this idiot at the very least is facing a prison sentence for his stupidity .

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John Kiser

The problem is is police in the US are never really prosecuted and when they are the public almost always gives them a pass. There are reasons that dispatchers exist in the US and why you should always call 911 if you have an actual emergency. The fact this was called into the police station directly and wasn’t sent over to a dispatcher immediately was the start of how questionable the police acted in this instance. They had rifles trained on the guy who was “still” on the phone and yet the station wasn’t reporting this stuff to them?

Also them playing the tape which mentions gasoline is a bit asinine as they should actually inform the general public that the whole gasoline thing was a solid minute after he had already been shot. There was a lot of missteps done by the entire police department in this instance as a whole not just the one cop that fired (though he really shouldn’t be doing that kind of work if he has that itchy a trigger finger).

I think the biggest thing is that we really need to change how police handle shit. We need to go back to the days of de-escalating situations instead of having them act like some kind of paramilitary force without the actual training or rules of engagement.

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roo woods

I don’t know how it works in the USA but where I live in situations like this the police don’t investigate their own . If there was any wrongdoing in this case the police officer should be prosecuted but we should not assume there was wrongdoing until it can be proven .

What surprises me most is a SWAT team was dispatched because of an anonymous phone call with proper scrutiny . Does that mean any idiot can get a SWAT team sent to any house in the USA ?

There obviously needs to be legislation to improve how your police force go about their business and better training to make officers less gung ho . But I imagine the vast majority of officers in your country are trying to protect and serve to the best of their ability and no matter how much you legislate there will always be some bad apples .

You have to be also very careful that such legislation does not hamstring the police to the point moral becomes so low that they no longer feel they can do their jobs effectively . That would probably mean a lot of officers leaving the force, a drop in recruitment and a crisis in police numbers and a rise in crime . Which in turn would lead to private police forces being or the army being put on the streets to maintain control which would even be worse than it is now .

In short be careful what you wish for .

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ihatevnecks

Read the comments. SWAT wasn’t dispatched. He was shot by regular patrol officers.

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roo woods

“Several Swat officers arrived and surrounded the home, braced for a hostage situation. When a man came to the door police told him to put his hands up and move slowly.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/29/wichita-man-killed-by-police-after-false-hostage-report-was-murdered-mother-swatting

“Earlier this week, 28-year-old Andrew Finch, a family man from Kansas, opened his door to a fully-armed SWAT team ready to defuse a hostage situation that was called in from 1,300 miles away. Shot down before he could even leave his porch, it became clear that Finch was the victim of a sick and tragic prank.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/why-would-someone-call-a-swat-team-on-a-stranger-w515035

Well who should I believe some gamers in a forum who lets face it don’t always gets their facts straight or the press ?

Perhaps you can post a link from a credible news source which says they were not a SWAT team ? I can’t find one but I don’t discount that the reports I have read were sloppy journalism either

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ihatevnecks

Which is why I said to read the comments, because I *did* post a link from a credible news source. Three times. A news source local to the area this happened in, which had direct comments from the local PD.

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article193294019.html

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article192666859.html

You just spent an awful lot of effort responding back instead of.. you know… scrolling down a short bit and reading the comments :)

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roo woods

I wouldn’t call some newspaper/site situated in Kansas as an established credible source .

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Bruno Brito

> I wouldn’t call some newspaper/site situated in Kansas as an established credible source .

Now you’re being daft on purpose.

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ihatevnecks

A newspaper situated in Kansas, where the incident happened, who were the ones to actually interview the police chief of the PD in the incident?

Yeah, sorry, now you’re just being a tool.

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Kevin McCaughey

NEVER was a truer word said about it.

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Kevin McCaughey

Involuntary? Wtf?

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mysecretid

A lot of the time, the charges reflect what the prosecution thinks they have the best chance of proving — what they can actually make stick.

I imagine that going for “involuntary manslaughter” gets around the inevitable defense that Barriss didn’t consciously intend for anyone to die (even though what he actually intended is unknown).

But hey, I am not a lawyer.

Cheers,

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Fisty

Law enforcement shares some of the blame here. The whole idea that a crank call can get SWAT called is ridiculous.

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Cyclone Jack

The whole idea that people make the fake call in the first place is what is ridiculous.

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Utakata

Regardless, the SWAT should of showed up in preparation to de-escalate the situation. They did everything but and somebody died in cold blood as a result. Thusly, they should be held in account too.

Xijit
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Xijit

Which is why this guy is going to get crucified and thrown into a volcano even though SWATTING has been happening for the last 20-ish years.

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Utakata

You could suggest sliding him down a 50 meter razor and drowned in a bucket of iodine before. Or tl,dr: hung, drawn and quartered…

…however, I don’t advocate for such cruel forms of punishment porn. Let’s just bring this guy to justice. Thankx, :)

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Xijit

Oh, this guy totally deserves to get his ass hauled into jail … But the powers that be are going to be making a spectical of him just to distract from the fact that it was a trigger happy cop who murdered an innocent man.

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Fisty

That’s just one of the ideas in the whole thing that is ridiculous. It’s not the only.