Man Arrested in Deadly 'Swatting' Prank Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

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Barriss will be back in court January 25.

A California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Kansas has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Interestingly, Barriss is also wanted in Canada: The Globe and Mail reports that he is facing mischief and fraud charges in Calgary, Alberta, arising from an attempted swatting on December 22. Barriss has also been accused of making a false alarm, a felony. Barriss will appear in court on Friday to be read his charges. The address was actually that of 28 year-old Andrew Finch, who was shot by police when he answered his door.

An officer discharged his weapon after Finch reached for his waistband, Deputy Chief Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department said during a news conference on Friday. "He doesn't play video games", Finch said.

"Someone tried to SWAT me and got an innocent man killed, the person said on Twitter according to Rolling Stone".

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett told reporters following the brief hearing that he is still reviewing whether any charges will be filed against the police officer, and once he makes a determination that decision would be made public. Instead, one gamer is said to have provided two others with the Wichita address where Finch was killed.

Barris placed a report of a murder and hostage situation with the Wichita police following a dispute between two Call of Duty players over a lost match. Barriss provided a false address to police. Police revealed few other details but said investigators identified a suspect who had made contact online with the woman earlier that day and that she was targeted because of her "online persona".

When he raised his hands suddenly, police say, a officer who was standing in a driveway across the street shot him.

Barriss was arrested by the LAPD this month and agreed to waive extradition and be taken to Kansas to face charges.

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