‘You could point the finger at the cop who shot him‘: Unapologetic gamer behind deadly Call of Duty ‘swatting‘ prank ADMITS he made bogus 911 call about hostages AND mistakenly gave an innocent stranger‘s address – but insists killing isn‘t his fault
A man who claimed to be responsible for placing a ‘swatting‘ call that led police to the home of an innocent man who was fatally shot by police over an online gaming feud- says it‘s not his fault cops killed the man.
Los Angeles police on Friday arrested, Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old gamer who they say made a prank call that led a SWAT team to fatally shoot father-of-two, Andy Finch, 28 of Wichita, Kansas.
‘It‘s my personal belief that I didn‘t cause someone to die,‘ a man claiming to be Barriss said Friday during an interview on the YouTube channel.
‘Of course I was involved,‘ he admitted to DramaAlert. The interview with the YouTube channel appeared to happen before police arrested the gamer Friday night.
‘The call was made by me, but as far as the whole incident, you could point the finger at a few different people. You could point the finger at the cop that shot him, you could point the finger at the guy who made the call. You could point the finger at the person that gave the address.‘
Meanwhile, Andy‘s family has been left devastated.
His brother, Jerome, told the Wichita Eagle Andy had been turning his life around in recent years. He had spent most of his childhood in foster care, and did time in juvenile detention, as well as part of his adult life in prison, sentenced for criminal discharge of a firearm.
‘Then for this to happen, you know, when he‘s bouncing back from all the things that have happened to him, the things he had to go through, the trials, the struggles he had to overcome, and then for this to happen,‘ Jerome said.
‘Andy was very loyal and very kind and would do for people whatever needed to be done. Family meant a lot to him. He was trying to do the right thing,‘ said his mom, Lisa Finch. ‘He was trying really hard.‘
Authorities suspect Barriss called 911 and concocted a story about a hostage crisis in a Wichita, Kansas home.
Barriss then allegedly gave 911 dispatchers Finch‘s address in Wichita.
Barriss is alleged to have been engaged in a practice known in the online gaming world as ‘swatting‘ – or sending a SWAT team to the home of another person by claiming there was an emergency that warranted it.
Law enforcement sources told that Barriss became involved in a dispute with an online gamer.
As retaliation, he gave police what he believed to be the address of the individual with whom he had an argument. Instead, the address was that of Finch, who had nothing to do with the original dispute.
Police say Barriss made a prank call that led a SWAT team to fatally shoot an innocent man
When Finch came to his front door on Thursday night, he was shot dead by a police officer.
Barriss has had previous run-ins with the law. In 2015, he pleaded not guilty to charges of phoning in a false bomb threat that triggered the evacuation of a local television news station, according to the .
He was arrested on Friday after LAPD officers went to the rehab facility in which he was living.
More than a dozen people involved in the online gaming community have said that an argument between two Call of Duty players over a $2 bet caused one to initiate the ‘swat‘.
Wichita police received a 911 call that that a father had been shot in the head and the shooter was holding his mother, brother and sister hostage.
‘That was the information we were working off of,‘ Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston said to the .
In the call released by the police department the caller tells the dispatcher: ‘They were arguing and I shot him in the head and he‘s not breathing anymore.‘
The dispatcher then tells him to put the gun down.
The caller says it was ‘an accident‘ and adds: ‘I‘m just pointing the gun at them, making sure that they stay in the closet, my mom and my little brother.‘
He then threatens to burn the house down saying: ‘I might just pour gasoline all over the house; I might just set it on fire‘, before hanging up.
TRANSCRIPT OF 911 CALL
Dispatcher: This is 911, what‘s going on… Hello?
D: This is 911. What‘s going on?
C: Um, I recently got disconnected. I had told you guys everything that happened about the argument with my mom and dad.
D: OK. What‘s your address? Hello?
C: Yeah, um, it‘s 1033 West McCormick Street.
D: OK. Tell me exactly what happened.
C: We were arguing and I shot him in the head and he‘s not breathing anymore.
D: OK. So what‘s going on right now? Are you there?
D: OK. Do you have any weapons on you?
C: Yeah, I do.
D: What kind of weapons do you have?
C: Um, a handgun.
D: What kind of handgun is it?
C: I don‘t know. It‘s my dad‘s.
D: What color is it?
C: It‘s black.
D: Where exactly are you at in the house?
C: Um, by the closet.
D: OK. What closet?
C: My mom‘s.
D: Where‘s that at in the house?
C: In her room. Which is where she‘s at, and my little brother.
D: You have a little brother?
C: Yeah. I was on the phone with you guys earlier, um, telling you guys about it. It got disconnected.
D: OK. Well, we‘re gonna try to get you some help. Where exactly in the house? Is this a one-story or two-story house?
C: It‘s one story.
D: Is it towards the front of the house? The back of the house?
C: Um, well, like, it‘s towards the back, I guess. I‘m just pointing the gun at them, making sure they stay in the closet, my mom and my little brother.
D: OK. Is there any way you can put the gun [inaudible]?
C: No. Are you guys sending someone over here? ‘Cause then I‘m definitely not going to put it away.
D: OK. I‘m just going to go ahead and stay on the phone with you, OK?
C: That‘s fine. Until they get here, or?
D: As long as you need me to, OK?
C: Yeah, I‘m thinking about, um…‘Cause I already poured gasoline all over the house and I might just start a fire.
D: OK, well, we don‘t need to do that, OK?
C: In a little bit, I might.
D: Why would you do that?
C: Do you have my address correct?
D: Can you verify it for me again?
C: Um, it‘s 1033 West McCormick Street, um, my zip code is 67213.
D: OK. So, which way does your house face? Does your front door face north, south, east, west?
C: I don‘t know. It‘s just facing the street…My dad isn‘t freezing, and it‘s giving me anxiety and making me like paranoid. Hello?
D: I‘m still here. I‘m still here, OK?
C: Yeah, me too.
D: OK, are you white? Black? Asian? Hispanic? Are you there?
D: Are you white? Black? Asian? Hispanic?
C: [Inaudible] It was an accident, so…
D: OK, that‘s fine. Are you there? Talk to me. Hello? Are you there? [Static heard in background] Hello?
Officers went to the house and prepared for a hostage situation. Bodycam footage shows that when Finch came to his front door, he was shot by a cop.
Livingston didn‘t say what caused the officer to shoot the man or whether he was armed. No one else was wounded in the home.
His mother Lisa Finch said that her son, Andrew Finch, was unarmed when he opened the door to the family‘s home Thursday night after hearing something.
She said he screamed and was shot. She said the family then was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and that her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle.
Lisa has said that her son was ‘murdered‘.
Police are investigating whether it was a ‘swatting‘ incident or prank. The FBI joined the investigation on Friday afternoon.
‘This call was little peculiar for us,‘ Livingston said.
‘[The call] went to a substation first, then it was relayed to dispatch, then dispatch gave it to us. We have a lot of information to go through.‘
‘We were given some misinformation on the (original) call,‘ he said.
‘We got a call that someone was deceased in the residence and that proved not to be true. Also, we‘re still trying to determine who was the hostages and how that unfolded as well.‘
A spokeswoman says a company that runs online gaming tournaments is assisting authorities as they investigate the fatal shooting.
UMG Gaming operates online gaming tournaments, including one for the Call of Duty game.
‘We woke this morning to horrible news about an innocent man losing his life,‘ Shannon Gerritzen, a UMG vice president, said in an email to The Associated Press.
‘Our hearts go out to his loved ones. We are doing everything we can to assist the authorities in this matter.‘
Some false calls to police can be a felony punishable by up to 13 months in prison for a first-time offender under Kansas law.
‘I DIDNT GET ANYONE KILLED BECAUSE I DIDNT DISCHARGE A WEAPON AND BEING A SWAT MEMBER ISNT MY PROFESSION,‘ said one gamer on Twitter, who others said made the swatting call.
His account has since been suspended.
‘That kids house that I swatted is on the news‘, the same account tweeted.
It appears that police may have been given a false address by one of the gamers, and Finch lived in the home.
The person who was supposed to be the target of the prank tweeted: ‘Someone tried to swat me and got an innocent man killed.‘
The argument apparently began over a $2 bet, according to the gaming news website .
‘What the f*** am I hearing swatting a innocent person getting them killed over $1.50 wager right after Christmas?! You two deserve to rot in jail, and I really hope that you do‘ another user tweeted.