Late last year, a "prank" by a hostile Call of Duty player led to the tragic death of a young father of two. Now, the perpetrator is feeling the long arm of justice as he faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a total of 51 charges.
Swatting is the practice of false-flagging emergency law enforcement services of a crime that demands an immediate, and often forceful, response. In this case, a dispute that occurred during a Call of Duty WWII match motivated 25-year-old Tyler Barriss to falsely report a hostage situation to the police.
When a SWAT team was dispatched to the Kansas home Barriss included in his report, 28 year-old Andrew Finch answered the door and, after failing to cooperate, was shot dead by police. Barriss was swiftly arrested and extradited to Kansas to face felony charges.
Adding to the senselessness of the tragedy, Barriss explained to police upon his arrest that he had intended to "swat" a different individual. Allegedly, the spat centered around Barriss, his in-game teammate, and a bet of $1.50.
When the teammate dared Barriss to carry out the prank, he provided his former address, which was being occupied by Andrew Finch and his family. Finch had no affiliation with Barriss or anyone involved in the Call of Duty match.
When it comes to 'swatting,' Barriss is a repeat offender, having been arrested in the past for a similar incident, among other unrelated crimes. This time, however, his actions led to the death of an innocent man, and for that, his consequences will be far more severe.
Tyler Barriss has pleaded guilty to a total of 51 charges and faces up to 20 years in prison. Further, Barriss' plea deal includes an arrangement where he contributes financially to the victim's funeral. Once he is released from prison, the agreement outlines that Barriss will need to be supervised for five years.
Source: Associated Press