The Glendale Police Department confirmed that Barriss, the suspect in the Kansas "swatting" incident, received a two-year sentence in the previous threat case. "Swatting" is a prank where an individual calls police about a serious violent crime at another home with the intent of police - or a SWAT team - showing up unannounced. The reports of a father being fatally shot prior to police arrival proved false.
The prank is becoming quite popular with online gamers across the country. Instigators call 911 operators within close proximity to their victims - frequently using caller ID spoofing or other measures to hide their true location - and report severely volatile situations that may warrant a SWAT team response. Sometimes they will call local non-emergency lines instead of trying to prank 9-1-1.
"It was a shooting call involving hostages", said Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston.
Lisa Finch, Finch's mother, said, "What gives the cops the right to open fire?".
"That was the information we were working off of".
Someone told police there was a hostage situation inside a home in Wichita, Kansas.
In an interview with the Wichita Eagle, the slain man's family identified him as Andrew Finch, a father of two, and said he was not armed. It isn't believed that the unnamed man shot back at police.
A family member of the man who was shot and killed claims his name was Andrew Finch. What's more, a cousin reportedly told the paper he "didn't play video games". Chief Livingston said Finch was unarmed.
'We got a call that someone was deceased in the residence and that proved not to be true. The call was a pissed-off player swatting another player all because of an online Call of Duty match and a $2.00 dollar bet.
Ramsey first heard of swatting in 2010 and says a popular form of the hoax is through gaming.
This tweet came from the gamer many claim is responsible for the swatting prank.
Cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs posted Friday that he was contacted by someone in control of the @GoredTutor36 Twitter account, a serial SWATer who appears to be behind the call.
According to posts on Twitter, two gamers were arguing when one threatened to target the other with a swatting call. This resulted in the police arriving at a nearby home where an innocent man was apparently enjoying a quiet night sans any actual hostages. The person also noted that the thrill of such hoaxes "comes from having to hide from police via net connections".
Now, Wichita police officers are busy piecing together what took place at the home near Seneca and McCormick. Said one gamer via email.
The officer who fired the fatal shot, a seven-year veteran of the force, has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is department policy. "It's completely illegal. It wastes resources that could be used by the police department in other ways".