The Los Angeles man behind the fake emergency call that lead to a “swatting” incident where an innocent person was killed was arrested, and is now being charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Tyler Bariss, 25, is accused of causing the death of Andrew Finch, 28, due to the reckless action of phoning in a fake hostage situation at the Finch residence, which caused a tactical police response at the home where police shot and killed Finch after ordering him out of the house.
A wager dispute over a $1.50 between two players in a Call of Duty: WWII match is said to have been the initial spark that lead to the casualty. Supposedly, the two players threatened to swat each other, one player going as far as providing a fake address to the other, who then reached out to Bariss to carry out the threat.
Swatting, for those not familiar with the term, is when a person contacts emergency services to report a fake ongoing criminal act that results in an aggressive police response involving tactical personnel.
The involuntary manslaughter charge Bariss is facing is a low-level felony charge that carries a minimum sentence of two and a half years and a maximum of 11.
Let’s hope this is the last of we hear of any Call of Duty Swatting incidents, as it’s a waste of resources from the government, and more importantly, casualties like Andrew should never happen just because of a video game wager.
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