American man charged with Calgary swatting incident

Tyler Barriss appears for an extradition hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday Jan. 3 2018 in Los Angeles. Barriss accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man told a judge Wednesday he

Tyler Barriss appears for an extradition hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday Jan. 3 2018 in Los Angeles. Barriss accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man told a judge Wednesday he

While doing so, a woman who lived at the address called in to 911 and said she believed she was the victim of a swatting call.

Police now believe the woman was targeted because of her online persona.

Officials say the man led police to believe the incident was occurring in Calgary on 17B Street S.W. Responding police began evacuating nearby units.

The woman exited her residence and officers confirmed that the initial report of a shooting and hostage scenario was false.

Warrants have been issued for Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, for one count each of public mischief for falsely reporting an offence had been committed, one count of fraud and another count of mischief. It's alleged Barriss dispatched them to that man's address in another alleged swatting call. Police responded to a home on West McCormick after receiving a call from a man who claimed to have shot his father and was holding other family members hostage. Police say a substantial amount of resources were required to contain the scene and protect citizens.

Barriss is now being held in the Los Angeles County jail where he awaits extradition back to Wichita.

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Police and the FBI are investigating whether that prank call was prompted by an online gaming dispute, according to The Associated Press.

Finch, who was unarmed, was fatally shot by police after he answered the door.

Barriss was charged in Kansas with making a false alarm, which covers calling police or a fire department and knowingly giving false information.

Barriss is expected in Wichita later this month to appear before a judge. She sought a restraining order in 2015 from a California court, alleging Barriss made "constant threats to beat my face bloody".

Swatting is when a call is made to police claiming that a major incident, often involving hostages, is unfolding at a residence and usually results in a tactical team being deployed.

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