20 Year Sentence For Swatting Hoax That Got A Man Killed
Gamer guys are weird. They say weird things online and have weird personalities. What this guy did isn’t weird, it’s sick. And now he’s going to jail for it.
According to DailyMail, 26-year-old Tyler R. Barriss will spend the next 20 years of his life in prison for 51 federal charges related to fake calls and threats.
Barriss was inexplicably recruited by an Ohio gamer to pull a “swatting” prank on another gamer in Wichita, Kansas. For those who are unaware, “swatting” is when someone calls the police to falsely report a violent crime so that SWAT teams come to address the situation with full force.
In 2017 Barriss was given the address of the intended target, 20-year-old Shane Gaskill of Wichita, by 19-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, both men are also charged with crimes related to the police killing of 28-year-old Andrew Finch.
Here’s how this nut a$$ story happened:
When Barris got the Gaskill’s address he also followed him on Twitter, Gaskill gave Barris an old address and dared him to “try something”. On December 28, Barriss called the Wichita police from Los Angeles and reported that there had been a kidnapping and shooting. When police arrived at the address that was now Andrew Finch’s home, an officer shot him dead when he stepped outside unarmed.
Cops ran the usual story. The officer who shot Finch believed he was reaching for a gun when he pulled at his wasitband. No charges will be filed.
Why did all this happen? Because Viner and Gaskill had a beef over a $1.50 bet in the video game Call of Duty.
Imagine what Andrew Finch’s parents must think. SMFH.