Police in Los Angeles have arrested a suspect in a “SWATing” incident that led to the death of a 28-year-old father of two. The prankster made a false call to law enforcement in Wichita, Kansas, who sped to a residence where they thought someone had killed his father.
The suspect, Tyler Barriss, of Los Angeles, called 911 during an argument with a fellow online gamer. They were playing “Call of Duty” at the time. Wichita police now believe the call that led them to a residence was bogus, according to CBS News.
“We believe this incident is a case of ‘swatting,’ which is the act of deceiving emergency services into sending a police response to another person’s address,” Wichita Police Department deputy chief Troy Livingston said.
The incident led to the death of Andrew Finch. Police say the call gave the appearance that a man inside of Finch’s residence had shot his father and was still armed. The voice on the 911 call reported a seemingly gruesome scene.
“They were arguing and I shot him in the head and he’s not breathing anymore,” the voice said.
The caller said he was armed and holding hostages. He was also making threats.
“I already poured gasoline all over the house. I might just set it on fire,” the voice said.
“Okay, well, we don’t that need to do, okay?” the 911 dispatcher said.
“In a little bit I might,” the voice said.
When police arrived at Finch’s residence, he opened the door unarmed. But when he lowered his hand toward his belt, police shot him. His mother was stunned by his death.
“I’m not letting go until I have justice,” mother Lisa Finch said.
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