Imagine this …
Two guys are playing an online computer game. They get angry with each other. One guy threatens to have the other swatted, that is, he will make a false report to the police so they will show up ready to kill. The other guy dares him to and gives him a fake address.
The guy who threatened the swatting contacts another guy in California who is ruthless, has a history of making false police reports and bomb threats, and takes pride in doing it. The swatter who is in California, makes a false police report to Wichita, Kansas.
It ends with an innocent 28-year old father being killed. His children no longer have a father.
Now, don’t imagine it. It is true.
Tyler Barris in Court
Tyler Barris was the swatter. On December 28, 2017, he made a false police report that he was in the house of the address of Andrew Finch in Wichita, Kansas. Only, Barris didn’t know Finch and thought he was giving the address for Shane Gaskill, the intended S.W.A.T. target. Barris told dispatch that he had shot his father in the head and was holding his mom and little brother hostage. He also claimed to have poured gasoline around the house and was threatening to set it on fire.
The police showed up at Andrew’s house and hearing noise outside, he went out on the porch to check it out. Police yelled, “Show your hands.” Andrew was shot dead by one officer. Watching the video, and seeing where the cops were positioned, it’s my impression that Andrew did not know those instructions were directed at him. He turned to go back inside the house and was shot by an officer who said that he thought Andrew was going into his waistband for a gun. Andrew was unarmed.
Barris was still on the phone with police dispatch when Andrew was shot.
Barris was extradited to Kansas and charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm, and interference with law-enforcement officers. While in jail in Kansas, Barris found a glitch in the prison’s computer system that inmates are allowed to use, and he posted threats of continued swatting from the jail.
Tyler Barris was the activator. Casey Viner was the initiator, and Shane Gaskill was the target who gave a false address to Viner. Now they have been indicted on federal charges. Continue reading