We previously reported on an incident where a Call of Duty player's "swatting" resulted in the death of an innocent man in Kansas. Last we heard, the suspect of the call was arrested. The suspect has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter according to the Wichita County arrest records.
Twenty-five year old Tyler Barriss was arrested by Los Angeles police under suspicion that Barriss had made a false emergency call to the Wichita 911 dispatch, claiming there to be a homicide and hostage situation taking place at a fake address.
Wichita police arrived at the residence of Andrew Finch, 28, and ordered him to raise his hands. When Finch's hands moved towards his waist instead, the police fired on him, believing he was reaching for a weapon. Later inspection revealed him to be unarmed.
The false 911 call was the result of an internet argument taking place after a "money match" in the popular first-person shooter, Call of Duty: WWII. Finch had no connections to the match, nor the game as a whole. It is believed that the other player had given Barriss a false address, claiming it as their own. This address belonged to Andrew Finch.
Barriss has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm, and interference with a law enforcement officer. Right now he is held on a $500,000 bail.
Involuntary manslaughter is described by Kansas law as the death of a human as a result of reckless behavior or in the commission of an unlawful act. A charge of this nature could result in a $300,000 fine and 3 years in prison.
What happened to Finch is horrible. Swatting is a horrible thing to do to anyone, and I'm glad to see justice being served.