Friday, The Goldwater reported on the death of a 28-year-old man who was fatally shot by police responding to a fake 911 call. Now, authorities have arrested a man in South Los Angeles who they believe is responsible for making the hoax 911 call.
Los Angeles police have arrested Tyler Barriss, 25, on Friday night in connection with a swatting incident in Kansas. Authorities believe Barris is the person who made the 911 call that led to an innocent and unarmed man being killed. Barriss was masquerading on Twitter as @SWAuTistic and even bragged about calling in fake bomb threats to authorities in exchange for money. In 2015, Barriss was arrested for making a bomb threat against a local broadcast center in Los Angeles.
Thursday night, Wichita police responded to a 911 call from a male claiming to have just shot his father in the head and was holding his family at gunpoint. The call ultimately led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch after police responded to his residence and shot him when he reached toward his waistband.
A person claimed to be responsible for the call on Twitter but said they would not turn themselves in. Additionally, members of the Call of Duty gaming community had apparently witnessed a dispute online between the person accused of making the call to 911 and other men who were also at the swatted residence.
The Wichita police released a recording of the 911 call and a statement that outlined the timeline of events that unfolded. After surrounding the house expecting a hostage situation, the first male to come out of the home was Andrew Finch. After giving Finch verbal commands to raise his hands and approach he reached back toward his waist.
At that time an officer fired one round striking Finch and killing him.
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