Defendant in swatting case appears in court

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A 25-year-old California man who was arrested in connection to a swatting incident last December made a federal court appearance today in Wichita. 

Tyler Barriss was arraigned on a superseding indictment charging him in connection with a Dec. 28, 2017, swatting incident, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Barriss is accused of making a hoax call to Wichita police. In the confusion, police shot and killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch when he opened the door. 

The superseding indictment charges Barriss with making false/hoax reports to emergency services, cyberstalking, making interstate threats, making interstate threats to harm by fire, wire fraud and conspiracy to make false/hoax reports.

Also charged in the superseding indictment are 19-year-old Casey Viner, of North College Hill, Ohio, and 20-year-old Shane Gaskill, of Wichita.

Police say an online dispute between Viner and Gaskill led Barriss to make the call that sent police to what Barriss mistakenly thought was Gaskill’s home.

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