Caller in Fatal SWATing Incident Pleads Guilty

An update on some audio we posted last year:

On December 26th, 2017 Tyler Barriss called the court house in Wichita, Kansas claiming to have shot and killed his father and was holding other family members hostage. Barriss had placed the call after an online dispute over a video game, intending to target his online rival. When officers arrived at the address Barriss provided they encountered Andrew Finch. Finch was not involved in the dispute, was unaware why the officers were at his house, and came onto the front porch. Officers saw Finch reach for his waist band, fired at him, striking and killing him.

On November 13th, 2018 Barriss plead guilty to making the call that triggered the fatal series of events. He will be sentenced in January and faces 20 to 25 years in prison. The other two men involved Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill are still awaiting trial. The officers involved in the shooting have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

Barriss has a long history of placing false calls. In 2015 he placed false bomb threats across the country and served 2 years in prison as a result. At times prosecutors believe Barriss was placing “daily” SWATing calls to agencies across the country.

Click here to hear the Audio from our archive of the call

Click here to read more at the New York Times