Kansas swatter faces involuntary manslaughter charge

The Casa Loma apartment building in southwest Calgary was the scene of a swatting incident on Dec. 22 2017

The suspect in the "swatting" incident that led to the shooting death of a Wichita, Kansas man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to arrest records, via The Wichita Eagle.

Reports say Barriss was called by someone after a feud between two Call of Duty players broke out over a virtual "friendly kill" during a game earlier that day. According to police, a Kansas City man may have been the victim of a swatting incident resulting from an argument while playing Call of Duty.

Barriss is being held on a bond of $500,000.

Involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional killing resulting from an unlawful act that is a misdemeanor or low-level felony, or from recklessness or criminal negligence. Responding officers fatally shot a man at the home.

The involuntary manslaughter is the most severe of the charges listed. Finch appears to have no connection to the game or the dispute arising from it.

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Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police on December 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita, Kansas.

It wasn't known that week what charges Barriss could face in Kansas.

One of the players allegedly called Barriss and requested he "swat" another player. The woman involved in the Calgary incident reportedly told police that Barriss targeted her because of her online presence, according to Rolling Stone.

Several players later took to Twitter claiming that one gamer had made the call, but rather than giving his own address, he gave what he thought was the address of the other player with whom he had been arguing.

Calgary tactical officers descended on the neighborhood, evacuating the surrounding area before a woman at the home also called police to warn them she believed she was the target of a fake call.

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