Kansas ‘Swat’ Perpetrator Charged; Faces 11 More Years in Prison
Published on January 14, 2018 at 09:29AM
Jail-time looms for 25-year-old Tyler Barriss, whose fake call to Kansas police led to a fatal shooting:
Barriss “was in a Wichita jail on Saturday,” Reuters reported, and even his first court appearance Friday was a video appearance from jail.
Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter, and if convicted “could face up to 11 years and three months in prison.” He was also charged with making a false alarm, which is considered a felony. The District Attorney adds that others have also been identified as “potential suspects” in the case, but they’re still deciding whether to charge them.
Barriss’ bond has been set at $500,000.
Friday Barriss gave his first interview to a local news outlet — from jail. “Of course, you know, I feel a little of remorse for what happened,” he tells KWCH. “I never intended for anyone to get shot and killed. I don’t think during any attempted swatting anyone’s intentions are for someone to get shot and killed…”
Asked about the call, Barriss acknowledged that “It hasn’t just affected my life, it’s affected someone’s family too. Someone lost their life. I understand the magnitude of what happened. It’s not just affecting me because I’m sitting in jail. I know who it has affected. I understand all of that.”
Barriss has also been charged in Calgary with public mischief, fraud and mischief for another false phone call, police said, though it’s unlikely he’ll ever be arrested unless he enters the country. Just six days before the fatal shooting, Barriss had made a nearly identical call to police officers in Canada, this time supplying the address of a well-known video gamer who livestreams on Twitch, and according to one eyewitness more than 20 police cars surrounded her apartment building for at least half an hour.
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