January 22, 2018

Wichita 'swatting' suspect wanted for similar incident in Canada

12 January 2018, 10:10 | Taylor George

Man suspected in fatal Kansas 'swatting' incident wanted for similar hoax in Calgary

Tyler Raj Barriss

Police in Calgary said on Tuesday that charges of mischief and fraud had been laid against Tyler Raj Barriss, 25.

On the evening of December 22, officers were deployed to an apartment building in the community of Bankview after someone called 911 claiming that they had shot their father and taken members of their family hostage.

Officials say the man led police to believe the incident was occurring in Calgary on 17B Street S.W. Responding police began evacuating nearby units.

While officers were at the scene trying to confirm the 911 report, Calgary 911 received another call from a woman who lived at the home who said she believed she had been the victim of a "SWATting" call.

The investigation led to California. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Barriss, who was charged with public mischief.

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In that case, Wichita police responded to a home after a man called 911 and said he had shot his father, was holding a gun to his mother and sister and had doused the home in gasoline and was considering setting it alight.

"During this incident, a substantial amount of police resources were required to contain the scene and protect the safety of citizens", a Calgary police statement said.

The Sun report says the woman believed she was targeted because of her online persona. The Wichita Eagle reported that his 62-year-old grandmother also sought a restraining order in 2015 from a California court, writing that Barris had made "constant threats to beat my face bloody". The woman exited the home and officers confirmed the initial report of a shooting and hostage situation was false, police said. The call was determined to be hoax and investigators determined the caller was likely targeting someone inside the building whom he had been in contact with online.

According to NBC News, Barriss had previously served 32 months in the Los Angeles County Jail for making a false reporting of a bomb to an agency and maliciously reporting a false bombing. Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested in Los Angeles on December. After a brief exchange, Finch was shot after moving his hands toward his waistband, Wichita police said.

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