LA swatting suspect also linked to false 911 call in Canada

Man suspected in fatal Kansas 'swatting' incident wanted for similar hoax in Calgary

Man suspected in fatal Kansas 'swatting' incident wanted for similar hoax in Calgary

A Los Angeles man now before the courts in the USA for his alleged involvement in a swatting incident is wanted by Calgary Police on similar charges for a swatting incident last month.

KWCH-TV reports the Calgary Police Service is accusing Tyler Barriss, 25, of public mischief, falsely reporting an offense and false information by letter or telecommunication.

They say at 7:40 p.m., 911 received a call from a man who claimed he had shot his father and was holding his mother and younger brother hostage. The call led officers to believe the incident occurred at an address in Calgary. A short time later 911 received a call from a woman who lived at the home claiming she believed she was a swatting victim.

The investigation led to California.

The Calgary Sun reports officials there have issued warrants for the arrest of Tyler Barriss, the suspect in the Wichita incident.

In the Wichita case, a caller told a police dispatcher on December 28 that he had shot his father and was holding his mother and a younger brother hostage at gunpoint.

"We take swatting events extremely seriously and will investigate each incident thoroughly", Calgary cops said.

In Calgary, police said cyber crimes detectives had determined that Barriss made online contact with the female victim of the hoax shortly before the call was made.

The bogus call had been reportedly made after a dispute over a small wager during an online video game tournament, according to gaming news service Dexerto. Barriss has been linked to other swatting incidents, including a conviction for making a false bomb threat to ABC7 in 2015.

Barris remains jailed in Los Angeles, awaiting extradition to Kansas.

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said Finch was shot after he raised his hands quickly and appeared to point a weapon at officers.

Barriss is facing a charge of false alarm in Kansas. Now police in Calgary, Canada have linked him to a call made in that city on December 22, 2017. "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".

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