New Audio: Kansas SWATing Call Leads to Police Shooting


Date and Time: 12/26/2017
City: Witchita
State: Kansas
Address: 1033 West McCormack St


A dispute between two gamers playing Call of Duty: World War II that escalated to a SWATing call resulted in an officer shooting an involved person. Shane Gaskill and Casey Viner were on the same team in the online game when Gaskill allegedly intentionally killed Viner in the game. Threats were exchanged over Twitter because of a wager on the game worth $1.50, and Viner enlisted Tyler Barriss to help place a SWATing call against Gaskill.

Audio, video, and more after the break

Barriss then contacted the court security desk in Witchita claiming that he had just shot his father in the head and was holding other family members in a closet. Witchita Police called Barriss back who went on to say that it was an accident, and that he had spread gas around the house. The address that Barriss gave however was not for Gaskill, instead it was the home of 28 year old Andrew Finch. Finch had no involvement in the dispute. Police say that as Finch exited the house he reached for his waist band, shots were fired, and Finch died as a result of injuries he sustained.

Tyler Barriss has been charged with Manslaughter as a result of the incident.

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Editors Update 11/16/18:

Tyler Barriss, who placed the SWATing call, has plead guilty and is facing 20-25 years in prison. Shane Gaskill and Casey Viner are awaiting trial. All officers in the shooting have been cleared of wrong doing.

Read a detailed update here.