The Los Angeles man at the center of what is believed to be the first fatal "swatting" incident in the USA has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a hoax phone call that led to a deadly shooting in Kansas, records show.
Police say that Barriss had called police to report a hostage situation, telling officers on 28 December 2017 that he had his family at gunpoint and had doused the house with petrol.
Kansas officials took custody of Barriss in Los Angeles Thursday morning and he was flown to Wichita and booked for involuntary manslaughter, making a false alarm, and interfering with law enforcement. As reported by Glixel, Barriss could face a maximum fine of $300,000 and up to 36 months in prison under the manslaughter charge.
As of writing, the length of his sentence is still unknown and will re-appear in court on January 25th. His bond is set at $US500,000 ($634,608).
More information on the charges can be found on the official Wichita Eagle website.
The recent issuing of arrest warrants for a California man in connection with a fraudulent call to 911 that prompted a large police presence in southwest Calgary was likely the first encounter with the term "swatting" for many Calgarians but, for online gamers, the criminal prank calls are well-known. When the SWAT team arrived and a man, Andrew Finch, answered the door, an officer shot him. The officer who shot Finch, a 7½-year veteran of the force, is on paid leave pending the investigation.
The hoax call reportedly was made after a dispute over a small wager online in a "Call of Duty" online video game tournament, according to Dexerto, a news service focused on gaming.
Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records. The Calgary resident said that she was targeted by Barriss due to her online persona.