Hoax caller denies responsibility for Kansas man’s death

A Los Angeles man arrested for reporting a fake homicide and hostage situation to police leading to the fatal shooting of an innocent man said he was not responsible for his death.

Tyler Barriss, 25, told an interviewer that he believes he did not cause the death of  Andrew Finch, 28, at his home in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday night.

Police took Barriss into custody on Friday afternoon for making the prank call, ‘swatting’, which is popular with online gamers. It refers to making a fake 911 call to mislead a large number of police officers or SWAT team to go to a certain location.

On Thursday evening, Deputy Wichita Police Chief Troy Livingston said police received a call about a hostage situation in a house at 1033 W. McCormick. The caller said someone had been shot and the killer was holding the rest of the family hostage.

After police officers arrived at the address and positioned themselves around the house, a man answered the door. He put his hands up obeying the police orders, then moved them towards his waistline.The officer who was holding him at gunpoint thought Finch was reaching for a gun and shot him, Livingston said.

The action of a prankster cost an innocent man’s life, he said. The victim was identified as 28-year-old Andrew Finch. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The officer involved in the shooting has been told to go on leave, Livingston said.

Finch’s mother, Lisa Finch, said her son opened the door after seeing police lights outside their house. Then she heard his scream and a shot.

The family, including herself, her roommate and granddaughter were then handcuffed and taken to the police station for questioning, Finch said.

She questioned police action and said the cop murdered her unarmed son over a false report.