American man charged with Calgary swatting incident
American man charged with Calgary swatting incident
Notorious US swatter allegedly targets Calgary woman
10 January, 2018, 11:15
The call led officers to believe the incident occurred at an address in Calgary.
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.
She came out of the apartment and told police the shooting and hostage scenario was fake. A short time later 911 received a call from a woman who lived at the home claiming she believed she was a swatting victim.
Officers and a tactical unit responded, authorities say the victim was targeted because of her online persona. Siegenthaler said she had contact with Barriss earlier in the day, but did not elaborate on their relationship.
Warrants have been issued for Barriss, allegedly a serial swatter.
The goal of "swatting" is to get a SWAT team to respond to a hoax call.
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The call to Wichita emergency dispatchers recounted similar circumstances. Finch was shot by officers on December 28 after a caller reported to Wichita City Hall and 911 dispatchers a person had been shot at a residence in the 1000 block of W. McCormick.
Barriss was charged in Kansas with making a false alarm, which covers calling police or a fire department and knowingly giving false information. Police shot Finch when the unarmed man came to his door.
Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said Finch was shot after he raised his hands quickly and appeared to point a weapon at officers.
In May 2016, Barriss pleaded no contest in a separate case to one felony count each of false report of a bomb to agency or business and malicious informing of false bomb in California. He waived his right to an extradition hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court last week.
"The service takes swatting events extremely seriously and will investigate each incident thoroughly", CPS said in a release.
Acting Duty Insp. Peter Siegenthaler said swatting calls can put the public and officers at risk and tie up police resources.
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