Pending charges in 911 hoax introduces swatting into lexicon of many Calgarians
Jan 13 2018 by Johnny Bowman
Barriss is expected to make a first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court after 2:30 p.m. Friday.
In Kansas, involuntary manslaughter can be charged when a person kills another unintentionally but the death is the result of reckless conduct or a felony crime. It carries a maximum penalty of 36 months in prison, and a $300,000 fine. His bail was set at $500,000. Responding officers fatally shot a man at the home. Police claim that Finch moved his hands in a suspicious manner. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.
Barriss had a reputation for helping people gain revenge against online enemies and gaming opponents through swatting - placing a hoax phone call about a unsafe situation in order to trigger a massive police response at an address to frighten its occupants.
The Kansas City Police Department received a 9-1-1 call alleging that a family was being held hostage after the father had been killed by an intruder.
There is no update regarding punishment for the Call of Duty player that apparently provided Finch's address as his own. The player who was the "target" of the offended player had provided the latter with a false address that led the police to Finch's home.
Andrew Finch's mother, Lisa Finch, told The Wichita Eagle her son wasn't armed when he answered the door Thursday. Finch appears to have no connection to the game or the dispute arising from it.
Keenan says females who have ignored online advances or comments have also been the recipients of swatting attacks.
Authorities allege that a dispute over an online video game led Barriss to call a Wichita, Kan., police dispatcher and falsely claim that he had shot his father and was holding two other people hostage inside a Wichita home on December 28. Police revealed few other details but said investigators identified a suspect who had made contact online with the woman earlier that day and that she was targeted because of her "online persona".