New court date set for "swatting" suspect

Tyler Barriss is charged in fatal Wichita incident

WICHITA, Kan - A new court date has been scheduled for the Los Angeles man charged in connection with a fatal "swatting" incident in Wichita.

25-year-old Tyler Barriss will appear in Sedgwick County district court for a preliminary hearing on March 29th.  He is charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. 

Barriss is accused of making a false 911 call to Sedgwick County on December 28th, claiming that he had shot his father and was holding family members hostage at a home near Seneca and McCormick.  Police said it was a "swatting" call directed by one online gaming group against another.   28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was not involved with the gaming activity, was shot and killed by an officer when he stepped outside his home. 

Finch's family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Wichita.

 

 

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