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Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Suspect in fatal hoax call in Wichita makes court appearance

Suspect in fatal hoax call in Wichita makes court appearance

The man accused of making the "swatting" call that ended in Wichita police shooting and killing an unarmed man last month was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter Thursday afternoon.

Records show Barriss is being held on a $500,000 bond.

More information on the charges can be found on the official Wichita Eagle website.

Barriss will be back in court January 25. The address was actually that of 28 year-old Andrew Finch, who was shot by police when he answered his door.

Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records.

Several players later took to Twitter claiming that one gamer had made the call, but rather than giving his own address, he gave what he thought was the address of the other player with whom he had been arguing.

The officer who shot Finch is now on suspension, pending a thorough investigation. Barriss believed Finch's address to be that of a Call of Duty player that he was attempting to harass when another player commissioned him to do so.

Barris placed a report of a murder and hostage situation with the Wichita police following a dispute between two Call of Duty players over a lost match.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett told reporters following the brief hearing that he is still reviewing whether any charges will be filed against the police officer, and once he makes a determination that decision would be made public.

Neither Barriss nor Finch was involved in the disputed game, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

The Calgary Police Service allege that Barriss called 911 at about 7:40 p.m. on December 22 and told an operator he killed his father and was holding his mother and younger brother hostage in the 2300 block of 17b Street S.W.

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