'I'm an eGod': Glitch gives 'swatting' suspect Twitter access in jail

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office confirms Tyler Barriss was one of 14 inmates who had access to the internet after software was improperly upgraded by a vendor.

The sheriff's office says it was notified about an inmate possibly posting on a social media website on April 6.

That same day, between 10:05 a.m. and 10:33 a.m., four tweets were published from Barriss' account, "Infamy the Lord."

"How am I on the Internet if I'm in jail? Oh, because I'm an eGod, that's how," reads the first post.


"All right, now who was talking [expletive]? >:)," reads the second post. "Your [expletive] is about to get swatted."


The sheriff's office says an improper upgrade to one of the inmate kiosks offered inmates at the Sedgwick County jail and across the country access to the internet.




The sheriff's office says it's unknown how many inmates accessed the internet or what they did while online, but the kiosk in question was only accessible to 14 inmates for less than a few hours before the vendor became aware of the issue.

The path was identified, closed and the kiosk was upgraded with the proper digital security features by the vendor.

The sheriff's office says the kiosk in question has been tested and the issue did not reoccur.

Barriss is currently being housed in the Sedgwick County jail for placing a "swatting" call that ended in a Wichita man's death.

Barriss is charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm, and interference with law enforcement, falsely reporting a felony.

He's scheduled to appear back in court for a preliminary hearing on May 22.