Also connected to an incident in Canada in which no one was hurt.
Tyler Barriss stands accused of placing a call leading to the death of an innocent man at the hands of police. Barriss has been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter for his part in the death.
If convicted Barriss could face a maximum sentence of 34 months behind bars with maximum fines of $300,000.
Barriss called police in Wichita, KS to report a hostage situation. The reality was nothing close to the report, with the incident allegedly stemming from an online argument over a Call of Duty match.
The SWAT team arrived on the scene and shot Andrew Finch. It’s now up to prosecutors to show Barriss’ actions led to the death, and therefore the charge of involuntary manslaughter.
According to Rolling Stone, Barriss is also on the hook for a swatting incident in Canada where no one was injured.
Swatting has long been a problem with some online communities. In 2014, 60 law enforcement officers descended on the Long Beach, New York home of a then 17-year old. Police were responding to a false call where the caller told police he had killed his mother and could kill more people.
Seth Macy is a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @sethmacy.