Tyler Barriss 2015 mugshot.
The Los Angeles man at the center of what is believed to be the first fatal "swatting" incident in the US has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a hoax phone call that led to a deadly shooting in Kansas, records show.
Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter and made his first appearance in a Kansas courtroom after being extradited from California earlier this week. Barriss has also been charged with reporting a false alarm, and interference with a law enforcement officer.
Barriss is now being held in the Sedgwick County jail on a $500,000 bond.
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A message left for the local public defender's office wasn't immediately returned. He said he was awaiting a final autopsy report.
Asked what is happening with the other investigation in the case, involving the shooting, District Attorney Marc Bennett said it's "still under review by me".
"There is no other situation quite like this to reference", Bennett said.
Suffice it to say; this is a sad story, but there's no doubt that, if convicted, Barriss needs to go away for as long as possible.
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That's a ridiculous characterization, ' she said, when asked if the cell phone ban was a response to the book. FBI Director Christopher Wray has said that tips are flooding into the FBI by the thousands. 'Absolutely not.
Kansas law defines involuntary manslaughter as a killing that results from recklessness, the commission of a felony that is not otherwise "inherently unsafe", or during a lawful act that's committed in an unlawful manner.
Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested the afternoon of December 29 in Los Angeles in connection with the crime, and waived extradition to Kansas in a Los Angeles courtroom last week. He said he poured gasoline inside the home and "might just set it on fire".
Police responded to the address, where an officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after Finch opened his door. Police have said he moved a hand toward his waistband and an officer, fearing he was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot and killed him.
The woman told police she believed she was the victim of a swatting call - when someone makes a phoney emergency call aimed at sending tactical officers to a certain location.
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