Wichita "swatting" suspect to change his plea

A federal court hearing is scheduled next month

WICHITA, Kan - A California man accused of making a hoax phone call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed man in Wichita has told a federal court in Kansas that he intends to change his plea.

A court notice filed Monday shows 25-year-old Tyler R. Barriss is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Nov. 13 federal court in Wichita. He was indicted for conspiracy to make a false call, cyberstalking and other crimes.

Barriss allegedly called from Los Angeles on December 28th, 2017 to report a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita home after online dispute over a video game between two gamers. A responding officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after he opened the door.

Barriss still faces separate state charges of involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.

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