California Man Facing 73 Felony Charges for “Swatting” Prank!!!
First Name Tom, Last Name Foolery… And I’m Everybody’s Uncle!
Except this deadly prank caller… Tyler R. Barriss.
A California man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the U.S., including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online players over $1.50 bet in the "Call of Duty: WWII" video game.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced Tyler R. Barriss, 26, under a deal in which he pleaded guilty in November to a total of 51 federal charges related to fake calls & threats.
The 2017 death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch drew national attention to the practice of "swatting," a form of retaliation used to report false emergency call to get authorities, particularly a SWAT team, to descend on an address. Authorities say an Ohio gamer recruited Barriss to "swat" a Wichita gamer, but that the address they used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the video game or the dispute.
Barriss admitted he called Wichita police from Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2017, to falsely report a shooting & kidnapping at that Wichita address. Finch answered the door, & an officer shot the unarmed man.
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By: Roxana Hegeman