A 25-year-old man has been arrested over an alleged “swatting” call that led to a fatal officer-involved shooting in Kansas on Thursday, Los Angeles police said. Swatting is a call to 911 about a fake hostage or active shooter incident with the goal of causing a police response at a person’s residence.
Tyler Barriss from South Los Angeles was arrested Friday, according to ABC station KABC in Los Angeles.
The incident took place late Thursday when police were called about a supposed–now known to be false–domestic incident at a Kansas man’s home, where he had shot his father and was holding his other family members at gunpoint, police said in a press conference Friday. When police arrived, the man who opened the door was told to raise his hands — a command he obeyed until he moved his hands down to his waist, police said.
The officer fired one round, striking and killing the man. Police entered the home and found four people inside alive. The man who was shot was unarmed, police said.
Wichita police released audio of the 911 call allegedly made by Barriss in which he calmly discusses that he shot his father and is holding his mother and younger brother hostage in a closet. He also says he’s poured gasoline all over the house and may burn it down, to which the 911 operator responds, “We don’t need that,” ABC News reports.
Dexerto, an online news service focused on gaming, reported that the series of events began with an online argument over a $1 or $2 wager in a “Call of Duty” game on UMG Gaming, which operates online tournaments including one involving “Call of Duty.”
“We woke this morning to horrible news about an innocent man losing his life,” UMG spokeswoman Shannon Gerritzen 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.” She declined to disclose other details.
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