LA man charged in Kansas waives extradition in swatting death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 10:28 a.m.

Glendale Police

A 25-year-old Los Angeles man wanted in Kansas has waived extradition proceedings in California and will face a felony allegation that he made a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Wichita resident.

Tyler Barriss appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday and acknowledged he is the person wanted in Kansas.

A fugitive-from-justice warrant filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors says Barriss was charged in Kansas on Dec. 29 with the felony of making a false alarm.

Police have said 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot after a prankster called 911 last week with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's Wichita home.

Kansas authorities must pick up Barriss by Feb. 2. In the meantime he remains held without bail.

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9:40 a.m.

A 25-year-old Los Angeles man suspected of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man faces a charge of making a false alarm.

The Los Angeles County district attorney filed a fugitive-from-justice warrant Wednesday against Tyler Barriss, saying he was charged with the felony Dec. 29 in Kansas.

Police have said 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot after a prankster called 911 last week with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's Wichita home.

Barriss faces an extradition hearing later in the day in Los Angeles and a public defender has been appointed to represent him.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says Kansas is pursuing extradition of Barriss. That process that can take up to 90 days.

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7:36 a.m.

The head of a Kansas police department that had one of its officers fatally shoot a man while responding to a hoax emergency call says the department has no policy on such "swatting" calls.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay vowed Tuesday for a "thorough review" of the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch.

Police have said Finch was shot Thursday night after a Los Angeles man called 911 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch's home.

The goal of such calls is to get a SWAT team to respond, although Ramsey said none of the officers at the scene were SWAT team members.

Ramsey says Finch's hands went up and down around his waistband. Ramsay called Finch's death a "terrible tragedy."



 
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