Yesterday, it was reported that a recent swatting prank resulting from a Call of Duty stream on Twitch led to the death of an innocent man in Wichita, Kansas. Well in the follow-up of that story, an arrest appears to have been made.
The alleged caller is 25-year-old Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles, California, who was taken into custody on Friday afternoon, Barriss has apparently had a history of making such calls according to officials.
To remind readers, the victim was Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old father from Wichita, Kansas who was shot unarmed in his home after a tip about a hostage situation at his address was called into the local authorities.
Barriss stands now as being the lead suspect who made the swatting call.
Finch died after he was taken to the hospital and now the family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of his upcoming funeral. You may donate here.
Swatting is a very common prank among online gamers. This process is a very expensive waste of the taxpayer’s money and the polices time and can lead to horrible results like this one. If you or anyone you know is currently or thinking about such a prank please stop and report it as needed to prevent with your local authorities or via 911.
We’ll update you on this story as it develops.
What do you make of the story? Do you have any personal feelings on swatting? What do you think the punishment should be for this ridiculous prank?