Suspect In Deadly Fake 911 Call Formally Charged

Lloyd Doyle
January 13, 2018

His bond is set at $500,000.

Involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional killing resulting from an unlawful act that is a misdemeanor or low-level felony, or from recklessness or criminal negligence. It carries a maximum penalty of 36 months in prison, and a $300,000 fine.

The suspect in the deadly Call of Duty Kansas "Swatting" incident has received numerous charges including manslaughter.

The Calgary Police Service allege that Barriss called 911 at about 7:40 p.m. on December 22 and told an operator he killed his father and was holding his mother and younger brother hostage in the 2300 block of 17b Street S.W. He leaves behind two children aged 2 and 7. The officer who shot Finch, a 7½-year veteran of the force, is on paid leave pending the investigation.

Reports say Barriss was called by someone after a feud between two Call of Duty players broke out over a virtual "friendly kill" during a game earlier that day.

"Someone tried to SWAT me and got an innocent man killed, the person said on Twitter according to Rolling Stone". The account has been suspended. Finch was not armed.

"As you might imagine anytime computers and gaming machines are involved, there's a fair bit of forensic analysis involved", he said. Finch appears to have no connection to the game or the dispute arising from it.

Just days before Christmas, a Calgary woman's apartment was surrounded by tactical units with guns drawn.

"Swatting" is the term used when someone calls police with a false report of an ongoing crime. Police believe Barriss was responsible for making a hoax emergency call to Wichita, Kansas' 911 dispatch, and reporting a fake homicide and hostage situation. Barriss was allegedly targeting the home of a young woman he met online, authorities in Calgary said.

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