A California man is under arrest in connection with a “swatting incident” that left a man dead outside his Wichita home.
Los Angeles police have confirmed the arrest of 25-year-old Tyler Barriss. Barriss is accused of making a prank call to Wichita police Thursday night claiming a man was shot and killed and two hostages were being held at a home near Seneca and McCormick.
Officers shot and killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch who was unarmed as he answered the door, and they found no bodies or hostages inside the home.
ORIGINAL: A prank between two feuding gamers is being blamed for a deadly officer-involved shooting in Kansas.
Thursday evening, a SWAT team surrounded a home in Wichita where they believed a man was holding his family hostage, after shooting his father in the head. As Andrew Finch came to the door of the home he was shot and killed. His family says he was not armed.
Police are now investigating claims that the hostage report was made by someone trying to prank an online gamer and the target of the prank gave a random address.