American man charged with Calgary swatting incident

American man charged with Calgary swatting incident

A Los Angeles man now before the courts in the US for his alleged involvement in a swatting incident is wanted by Calgary Police on similar charges for a swatting incident last month.

Officials say the man led police to believe the incident was occurring in Calgary on 17B Street S.W. Responding police began evacuating nearby units.

Calgary police have charged Barriss, 25, with public mischief for falsely reporting an offence, fraud for providing false information by letter or telecommunication and mischief.

While officers were at the scene trying to confirm what happened, another 911 call came in from a woman who lived at the same address. Calgary Police's cyber/forensics unit identified Barriss as the suspect, as he had been in contact with the woman earlier that day.

Barriss faces charges in Wichita for a December 28th incident.

Police said the woman was tipped off online that she was going to be the victim of a prank.

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In both the Calgary and Wichita cases, police say a man called 911 purporting that he'd shot his father and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint.

It's also reported that Barriss is suspected in as many as 20 similar calls, including calls about school bombings at Los Angeles-area schools and a TV station.

Barriss is also accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man.

Finch, who was unarmed, was fatally shot by police after he answered the door.

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said Finch was shot after he raised his hands quickly and appeared to point a weapon at officers. He waived his right to an extradition hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court last week.

Siegenthaler said swatting calls can put the public and officers at risk and tie up police resources.