Recent Fatal Swatting Incident Leads To Los Angeles Man’s Arrest

Many in the gaming community have come to know what swatting is in recent years. Gaining traction amongst streamers on Twitch and their audiences, the ridiculous prank leads to authorities going to the home of the person who is being “swatted” under false pretenses. Usually, it is the streamers that are getting swatted, but the despicable act has made its way out of that community and into the world of gaming as a whole. Recently, a fatal swatting incident has left one man dead and another arrested.

The heated exchange was over a Call of Duty match, which eventually dissolved into insults and each person threatening to “swat” the other. When one of the party’s supposed address was released online, the other person took action and called in a fake 911 call. However, the residence that authorities were sent to was that of an innocent man who had nothing to do with the situation. When exiting his Wichita, Kansas home, he was met with police action that resulted in his death. It turns out that the person who made the call is in South Los Angeles, and he has since been arrested.

According to the ABC 7 affiliate in LA, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss was arrested on Friday, December 29 under the suspicion of placing the hoax 911 call that led to the fatal swatting incident in Wichita. It also turns out that this isn’t the first time Barriss has been arrested for a prank call. In 2015, Tyler “was charged with two felony counts of a false report of a bomb to an agency of business and one felony count of criminal threats.” This was after he called in a hoax bomb threat to KABC-TV.

No charges have been brought up yet in this case, but considering the magnitude of the situation, we hope that justice is served. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as we learn more, and for other gaming news, check out the following:

What say you, gamers? Are you hoping that justice is dispensed to every extent of the law? Is the act of swatting just as ridiculous as it sounds? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!

Eric Garrett2269 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.

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