Swatting

Dreamstime
January 20, 2018 - 5:08 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for tougher penalties after a death in Kansas that resulted from a prank call to police. Republican Rep. Bill Kidd of Independence has filed legislation to hold pranksters civilly and criminally liable if they make a call resulting in an...
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January 15, 2018 - 9:23 pm
Overland Park police say a call from a man claiming he shot a relative was a hoax. Police spokesman Officer John Lacy says dispatchers received a call Monday morning from a man who said he shot a relative inside a home and he would shoot police if they showed up. Officers surrounded the home but...
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January 14, 2018 - 2:55 am
The attorney representing the family of Andy Finch says the family blames the Wichita police officer who shot him, not the prank caller, for his death. Civil Rights Attorney Andrew M. Stroth, who is representing the Finch family, said that "The Wichita Police Department bears responsibility for the...
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January 12, 2018 - 9:11 pm
A California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Kansas has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Tyler Barriss, 25, made his first court appearance in Kansas on Friday following his extradition from Los Angeles. Barriss is...
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January 12, 2018 - 10:13 am
A man from California accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Wichita has been extradited to Kansas and is set to appear in court on Friday afternoon. 25-year-old Tyler Barriss was booked into jail in Wichita on Thursday on charges...
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January 11, 2018 - 4:36 pm
A man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man has been returned to Kansas. Sedgwick County jail records show 25-year-old Tyler Barriss was booked into the jail Thursday on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and...
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January 10, 2018 - 2:12 pm
A Los Angeles man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man is charged with making a similar call in Canada days earlier. Police in Calgary said in a news release that warrants have been issued for Tyler Barriss, 25, who is charged with public...
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Ted Woodward
January 05, 2018 - 12:09 pm
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay spoke Friday morning about last week's fatal officer-involved shooting of 28-year-old Andy Finch, an incident that originated as a gamer-involved swatting call from the West Coast. Local law enforcement agencies thought they were responding to an address where...
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January 04, 2018 - 2:31 pm
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell has responded to a letter written by the mother of 28-yesar-old fatal swatting victim Andy Finch. In her letter to the Mayor and Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, Finch’s mother, Lisa, pressed for answers. One of her requests read, “...what cannot go without saying is why...
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January 03, 2018 - 5:07 pm
A Los Angeles man suspected of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man told a judge Wednesday he would not fight efforts to send him to Wichita to face charges. Tyler Barriss, 25, was held without bail after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in...
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