Suspect in fatal hoax call in Wichita makes court appearance

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Barriss made his first court appearance Friday, where he was officially charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. He was booked in Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday afternoon, according to The Wichita Eagle, and his bond is $500,000.

Barriss made his first appearance in a Wichita courtroom Friday afternoon and a preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 25, according to Sedgwick County Dist. Atty. A man inside the home - identified by his family as Andrew Finch - opened his door to see why police were outside and was shot by an officer who was in a driveway across the street. She also said he wasn't a part of the gaming community.

Bennett could not immediately say why Finch's address became the target of the hoax call.

The involuntary manslaughter is the most severe of the charges listed.

Swatting is the act of making a fake emergency call in an attempt to get officer to respond to someone's address.

Barriss is accused of making a false report that led to the fatal shooting of Andrew Finch.

A fugitive-from-justice warrant filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors says Barriss was charged in Kansas on December 29 with the felony of making a false alarm.

For those unaware, "swatting" is when someone calls in a false police report that results in SWAT swarming in for an arrest, and Barriss has already faced prison time once before back in 2016.

Barriss has also been linked to swatting incidents in IL and New Hampshire, according to court records. For that reason, the investigation remains ongoing and the charges against Barriss could be modified. The woman involved in the Calgary incident reportedly told police that Barriss targeted her because of her online presence, according to Rolling Stone.

Eyewitness News has learned that Tyler Barriss is coming to Kansas.