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Defendant in Wichita fatal swatting case appears in court

October 1, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The man accused of making a hoax phone call that led police to fatally shoot a Wichita man has been arraigned on a new indictment.

Tyler Barriss, of California, was arraigned Monday on a superseding indictment accusing him of making false/hoax reports to emergency services, cyberstalking, making interstate threats, wire fraud and conspiracy.

Barriss is accused of calling Wichita police in December 2017 from Los Angeles to report a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita home. An officer shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch when he opened the door.

Also charged in the superseding indictment are 18-year-old Casey Viner, of North College, Ohio, and 20-year-old Shane Gaskill, of Wichita.

Police say an online dispute between Viner and Gaskill led Barriss to make the call that sent police to what Barriss mistakenly thought was Gaskill’s home.

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