Wichita 'swatting' suspect wanted for similar incident in Canada

Published: Jan. 9, 2018 at 5:55 PM CST
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Warrants have been issued in Canada for the man accused of placing a swatting call in Wichita that led to a deadly officer-involved shooting.

The Calgary Police Service says Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, California, is wanted for public mischief – falsely reporting that an offense has been committed, and fraud – false information by letter or telecommunication and mischief.

Police say on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, Calgary 911 received a call from a man who claimed he had shot his father and was holding his mom and younger brother hostage.

The caller provided information leading officers and the tactical unit to a residence where they began evacuating nearby units.

While officers were on the scene, Calgary 911 received another call from a woman who lived at the address and believed she was the victim of a swatting call.

The woman exited her residence and officers confirmed that the initial report of a shooting and hostage scenario was false. Police say they believe the woman was targeted because of her online persona.

The investigation was turned over to members of the CPS Cyber/Forensics Unit who quickly identified a suspect who made contact online with the victim earlier that day.

Police determined the suspect to be Tyler Barriss.

"We take swatting events extremely seriously and will investigate each incident thoroughly. Swatting calls have the potential to create significant risks for both public and officer safety and can require an extensive amount of resources to respond and investigate," the police service said in a post on its Facebook page.

Barriss is currently being held in the Los Angeles County jail where he awaits extradition back to Wichita. He faces charges in connection with the deadly shooting of 28-year-old Andrew Finch.