FOX News reports that a man has been arrested in a case of “swatting,” which happens when someone files a false report on an address to get the SWAT team to respond. Apparently, the hoax was initiated as a response to an online gaming feud between two players on “Call of Duty.” As a result of the hoax, one man was killed by police in Kansas.
Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday after he allegedly called 911 and lied about a kidnapping in Wichita, Kansas. During the call, he stated his father had been shot in the head and was holding a sibling and his mother at gunpoint. He also said the father poured gasoline in the home and may light it on fire.
Police responded to an address given for Andrew Finch, 28, who is believed to have no part in the argument on the online game. When Finch answered the door and police told him to put his hands up, he reached toward his waistband. An officer thought he may be reaching for a firearm, and fired a single shot; Finch died shortly after in the hospital. No firearm was found.
Finch’s mother told reporters that he was not a gamer and was a kind man. He also leaves behind two children, ages 2 and 7.
According to Dexerto, an online news service that focuses on gaming stories, the online feud began with $1 and $2 wagers in a “Call of Duty” online tournament game through UMG Gaming.
A body cam also caught footage of the incident, but events were not clear in the video. Investigators are still researching online leads in the case. The FBI estimates a total of 400 cases of swatting occur each year.
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