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Swatting Incident Leads to Fatal Police Shooting, Suspect in Custody

December 30, 2017  | 

A 25-year-old man has been arrested over an alleged “swatting” call that led to a fatal officer-involved shooting in Kansas on Thursday, Los Angeles police said. Swatting is a call to 911 about a fake hostage or active shooter incident with the goal of causing a police response at a person's residence.

Tyler Barriss from South Los Angeles was arrested Friday, according to ABC station KABC in Los Angeles.

The incident took place late Thursday when police were called about a supposed--now known to be false--domestic incident at a Kansas man's home, where he had shot his father and was holding his other family members at gunpoint, police said in a press conference Friday. When police arrived, the man who opened the door was told to raise his hands -- a command he obeyed until he moved his hands down to his waist, police said.

The officer fired one round, striking and killing the man. Police entered the home and found four people inside alive. The man who was shot was unarmed, police said.

Wichita police released audio of the 911 call allegedly made by Barriss in which he calmly discusses that he shot his father and is holding his mother and younger brother hostage in a closet. He also says he's poured gasoline all over the house and may burn it down, to which the 911 operator responds, "We don't need that," ABC News reports.

Dexerto, an online news service focused on gaming, reported that the series of events began with an online argument over a $1 or $2 wager in a "Call of Duty" game on UMG Gaming, which operates online tournaments including one involving "Call of Duty."

"We woke this morning to horrible news about an innocent man losing his life," UMG spokeswoman Shannon Gerritzen said in an email to The Associated Press. "Our hearts go out to his loved ones. We are doing everything we can to assist the authorities in this matter." She declined to disclose other details.

 


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janickols @ 12/30/2017 8:03 AM

This story is actually worse when more facts are included. The family and children were hauled out of the house in freezing weather and hooked up. Where's the Patrol Sergeant? The poor sob may have been pulling his jeans or pajamas up when he got shot. The officer who shot the man will need psychiatric counseling, or he should. The family has lost Dad. Wichita will be sued and pay one or two million dollars to clean up this cluster buster. I understand the surrounding facts from Dispatch, but you gotta ask a few questions before pulling the trigger. "Reach for the waistband, shoot for the ten ring, write the check." We see it over and over. This will be hard on the morale of a very fine agency.

Jon Retired LEO @ 12/30/2017 12:36 PM

Anybody who wants to armchair quarterback this one had better listen closely to the 911 tape and then put themselves in the officers' shoes. Or better yet arrange to go through a Hogan's Alley and see how they fare.

kojack58 @ 12/30/2017 12:46 PM

This is so sad. The officer has to feel like the world just ended. Why did the man drop his hands. This SWATTING stuff has got to be stopped and whoever did this charged with 1st degree murder.

Robert @ 1/2/2018 12:51 PM

Jon...I was good with the first part of your post (Monday morning QB). But what does this situation have to do with a Hogan's Alley simulation? In this situation, the target / shooter was known to be one person, in one house...potentially with hostages. The LEOs were in a tactical position of cover and were not moving when the suspect emerged?
This has almost nothing to do with the Hogan's Alley simulations I have been in.

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