Swatter Tyler Barriss, 26, pleaded guilty yesterday to the crimes that led police to forcibly enter the home of Wichita resident Andrew Finch, who died from an officer’s gunshot wound. Barriss originally pleaded not guilty to this fatal instance of swatting, which occurred over a dispute in Call of Duty in 2017.
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Swatting is pretty much the shittiest prank a person can pull, if you can even call an action that might lead to someone’s death a “prank.” Somebody calls the police and accuses somebody else—often someone who’s livestreaming—of an in-progress crime so heinous that a SWAT team shows up at their door, with unpredictable consequences. Late last year, a 28-year-old was killed as the result of one.
As police continue to struggle with the issue, the Seattle police department has taken a proactive measure.
Tyler Barris is being held by US police on charges of involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly placed a phony emergency call that resulted in the death of another man. But Barris reportedly managed to get access to the internet and proceeded to hop on Twitter, threatening to "swat" again and proclaiming himself an "eGod".
Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Barriss was charged today in Kansas for involuntary manslaughter and two other counts in the wake of a swatting call that led police to kill an unarmed 28-year-old at his home. The maximum sentence varies, but if found guilty Barriss could face a hefty fine and years in prison.
A 28-year-old man in the US was shot and killed by a Wichita police officer after a reported hostage situation call last night. At a press conference this afternoon, Wichita police said it was a false call meant to draw SWAT officers to the scene, an act known as "swatting". It appears to have been linked to an argument over Call of Duty, although police have not confirmed that.
Two young men, one from the UK and another from the US, have been charged with "swatting" Tyran Dobbs, who was shot in the head and chest with rubber bullets by police after his home was raided.
US Rep. Katherine Clark has for a few years now been on a crusade against shitty behaviour on the internet, from death threats made against women to hoax calls that send armed police to a victim's home (also known as swatting). On Sunday night, Rep. Katherine Clark's home was swatted.
This past Saturday, the popular League of Legends-focused Twitch streamer Trick2g was putting on an elaborate 24-hour live event to commemorate the fact that he'd amassed 800,000 subscribers. He decided to end the stream with a bang: staging his own mock swatting. Come Monday morning, his account was banned.
A 13-year-old kid from Camarillo, California was arrested earlier this month and has since confessed to three acts of "Swatting".
A Runescape player was recently swatted while 60,000 people watched his stream. When he tried to record a video talking about the incident, he broke down crying. A few days ago, a 19-year-old in Las Vegas was arrested for coordinating a swatting in Illinois. What motivates someone to take this dangerous step? I tracked down a self-professed swatter to find out.
Do you know how much of your personal information is floating around? It's more than you think and very easy to find. Phone numbers, home addresses, email accounts.
As my recent story about gamers who got swatted showed, anybody can become a target. You don't have to be someone with a million followers. Social networks have encouraged us share everything, including where we're hanging out. We've signed up for a million different accounts, and we need to be more careful.