Man’s ‘Swatting’ Hoax Amidst Gaming Feud Ends in Fatal Shooting of Innocent Father of 2


WICHITA, Kan. — An innocent Kansas man is now dead and his two children are fatherless after a dispute over a game of “Call of Duty” resulted in a SWAT team showing up at a false address called in by a convicted prankster.

According to reports, a video gamer that had been in an argument in playing a “Call of Duty” game with a $1.50 wager contacted notorious “swatter” Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, and asked him to get back at someone. Swatting is defined as making a false report to the police that results in a response from a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

However, the other player who was to have been “swatted” lied by providing an address that was not his own, and Barriss used the address provided as he told the 911 operator that he had shot his father in the head following an argument with his mother, and that he was now holding his siblings and mother hostage. He also claimed that he had poured gasoline throughout the home, and was thinking of lighting it.

A large police presence then showed up at the Wichita location, and Andrew Finch, 28, soon came to the door to see what was happening. He reportedly had no knowledge of the gaming dispute and was not involved. Finch was shot moments later as he lowered his arms several times after being directed to keep his hands up, and police had thought, based on the phone call, that he was armed and dangerous.

“We learned through that call that the father was deceased, shot in the head. So that’s the information we were working off of,” Wichita Deputy Chief Troy Livingston told reporters. “Our officers came here preparing for a hostage situation. Several got in position. A male came to the front door, and one of our officers discharged his weapon.”

He said that Finch was shot as it was thought he was reaching toward his waistband for a weapon. However, his family members state that there are no guns in the home. Finch’s mother, Lisa, told local television station KWCH that she is upset that her son was not given a clear warning that he would be shot. Finch later died at the hospital. He was a father of two.

Police also found that no one had been killed at the residence as was claimed during the call.

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“The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people’s lives at risk,” Livingston stated. “The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department. Due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim. If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there.”

Barriss was taken into custody on Friday by the Los Angeles Police Department on a fugitive warrant. The officer who shot Finch is now on under investigation and is on paid leave.

According to BNO News, a man claiming to be behind the call told Daniel Keem of DramaAlert that he didn’t believe he should be held responsible for the death.

“The argument can be made that the police would never have showed up if I hadn’t made the call,” he said. “However, I don’t believe I’m the only guilty party involved in this whole incident, considering I was contacted and, you know, almost instructed to swat, and taunted to swat.”

Barriss is stated to have called the police with false reports before, including a bomb threat at the FCC, and claims that sometimes people pay him to do so.

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  • 1PierreMontagne1

    In Canada this incident would have been called the irresponsible actions of the Police. Canada holds police responsible whereas in the United States the deceased if innocent is blamed as being responsible as police Unions in the US are allied to protect even the worse officers from criminal negligence – this is a clear case of criminal negligence now being defended as “justified” by Wichita Deputy Chief Troy Livingston. Until lawsuits make it impossible for Communities to employ the ilk that Deputy Chief Livingston represents American police will continue to be exonerated at public expense for killing anyone they choose to kill.
    So what happens now?
    Does president Trump call the widow of the innocent victim to tell her “Your husband died in the line of police just doing their duty”…?

    This death was the fault of couldn’t care less police thuggery. Give these guys guns and look what they do on the strength of an “unverified” phone call????
    This is what Witchita police do to people who don’t have guns. Wow next they will call the 911 pranskter and complain to the prankster – “look what you made us do”! And they will complain to the DA “look what the prankster made us do” !!!
    Cops who join up just to kill anybody will kill anybody..

    • Nidalap

      You paint all police in the colors you expect them to wear.
      You know nothing of the officers in this case and I notice you spare nary a thought of responsibility for the person calling in a false threat…

      • james blue

        The person calling in the false threat absolutely needs the full weight of the law brought down upon him and prosecuted and sentenced harshly to send a message. However, (and without passing judgement one way or the other) the actions of the officers and the victim, whatever those actions were, were their own.

        • 1PierreMontagne1

          And they will complain to the DA “look what the prankster made us do” !!!

      • Blake Paine

        They did give the man conflicting orders – they told him to raise his hands and exit the building when he was behind a closed screen door. He was conflicted on what instruction he was supposed to obey being totally blindsided by this.

        The person was innocent and put in an impossible situation.

        • 1PierreMontagne1

          So its’ blame the victim time?

          • Blake Paine

            The police aren’t the victim, they have an obligation to give orders that will keep the suspect safe and obviously they can’t give conflicting orders that are impossible to obey.

            The shooting victim is ‘the victim’ and he wasn’t to blame for anything.

      • 1PierreMontagne1

        In the United States the deceased if innocent is blamed as being
        responsible as police Unions in the US are allied to protect even the
        worse officers from criminal negligence – this is a clear case of
        criminal negligence now being defended as “justified” by Wichita Deputy
        Chief Troy Livingston.
        Until an innocent member of your own family is killed by a policeman looking for any excuse to pull the trigger you will continue in your irresponsible and irrational defense of police kiiling unarmed and innocent people.

  • Robin Egg

    It’s looks like parts of the story were left out. When the man answered the door, poloce shouted several times to him to put his hands up. Instead the man reached for the waist if his pants as if going for a gun. When police tell you to do something, it is wise to do it.

    • christiannewsnetwork

      Hi Robin. 🙂 The story states, “He said that Finch was shot as it was thought he was reaching toward his waistband for a weapon.” We will add that he was directed to put his hands up, but the reasoning was still included in the report—that they thought he was reaching toward his waist for a weapon. Thank you!

      • james blue

        Wow, a mod commenting. Can’t recall that ever happening on this site 🙂

        Can I take this opportunity to wish you and the other staff a Happy, healthy and blessed new year

      • Robin Egg

        Thank you! I appreciate the update. The entire incident is a horrible tragedy that was caused by a senseless act of malice. Now, all the lives of those involved will never be the same.

      • 1PierreMontagne1

        Have you ever noticed how long and drawn out police encounters are with armed persons in a residence and how quickly the police kill unarmed innocent people in residences or hotels? Maybe you haven’t been paying attention? Maybe you haven’t paid attention to politically approved police policies that exonerate police for killing unarmed people for whatever reason the police give?

    • Blake Paine

      Looking at the video it lt seems he was reaching down to open the screen door so he could leave the building as instructed.

  • NCOriolesFan

    The cop should be charged with murder too. Cops need to be retrained how to spot a weapon first and not to shoot someone just because they’re reaching for their shorts, pants, whatever. There is way too many cop killings of civilians in this country and most of them not justified. Try shooting someone with rubber bullets to knock off balance then to take an innocent person’s life. Cop have no regard for human life. Killing someone is a permanent solution to only a temporary situation.

    • Joseph Robert Dunfe

      The police deserve some extra consideration when they are placed in a situation like this. They have an apparent call from a man who is armed, killed someone, and has plans to explode the house and kill the rest of his family. Even if well trained, Instantaneous action is necessary, so you don’t have a lot of time to think. Errors like this will happen.

      The innocent deceased individual doesn’t deserve any blame for his actions either. He probably has no experience being in this sort of situation. He would not know that the police is in a hair-trigger situation, and are trying to save a family from a mad man.

      The only way for a police force to 100% prevent this sort of situation, is to fully disarm the police. Then, of course, criminals will take full advantage of that, and many more will die.

      The only one who deserves any blame is Barriss, the “swatter”.