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Archive • Dec 30, 2017

Man Arrested and Named in Connection to Deadly Kansas Shooting Incident Following Call of Duty Wager Argument

The alias behind SWAuTistic finally has a face and name after the Los Angeles Police Department arrested Tyler Raj Barris on Friday December 29th. The arrest was in connection to a deadly swatting incident on Thursday December 28th when a member of the Wichita Police Department shot and killed Andrew Finch, after receiving false calls that there was a hostage situation taking place at his address.

What had actually happened was two amateur competitive Call of Duty players had got into an argument over a $1.5 wager and subsequently threatened to get each other swatted. Swatting is a high risk hoax that involves calling the police and advising there is a situation, shooting or a bomb threat, taking place at an address. The hoax is often one that authorities will take extremely seriously, sending heavily armored personnel to an address in order to deal with the situation.

On that fateful evening, it's believed one of the Call of Duty players sent some address details to a known hoax caller, who we now know as Tyler 'SWAuTistic' Raj Barris. The same person is linked the multiple evacuations that took place at the CWL Dallas event in early December.

He advised police that a hostage and homicide situation was taking place at what he thought was one of those players house, but it turned out to be that of a total stranger who was shot and killed when he opened the door. Just hours after Keemstar had the swatter on his show for an interview where he admitted he was probably going to jail, police confirmed they'd arrested a man in connection with the incident in Los Angeles.

The suspect has previous convictions for swatting after being arrested in 2015 for the evacuation of a TV network in September 2015, after claiming there was a multiple bombs in the building. At the time of writing it's unclear what charges the suspect has been charged with.
Source: NBC News