A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of making a 911 call to police in Kansas as part of a deadly "swatting" prank is being held without bail pending an extradition hearing, authorities said Tuesday.
The Glendale Police Department in Los Angeles County confirmed to ABC News that Barriss made about 20 calls to universities and media outlets throughout the country around the time he was arrested for a bomb threat to ABC station KABC in Los Angeles in 2015.
In the Thursday 911 call, a man said his father had been shot in the head and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint.
The cases were consolidated and Barriss received a 32-month prison sentence after pleading no contest in May 2016.
The incident began around 6:18 p.m.
In reality, there was no hostage situation, and the caller had no connection to the Finch family.
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But the Finch family puts the responsibility for Andrew's death at the feet of the Wichita police department. "I already poured gasoline all over the house". The caller, speaking with relative calm, said he poured gasoline inside the home "and I might just set it on fire".
Wichita Police arrived at the address provided by SWAuTistic and surrounded the home. He stood behind a glass wall dressed in black with his hands cuffed in front of him and provided brief answers to a judge's questions, acknowledging he was the wanted man and voluntarily signed the waiver. The officer says he feared Finch was reaching for a gun tucked into his waistband. Police didn't find any weapons on him and officers learned he did not make the 911 call, according to Livingston.
Green says the incident is tragic, and despite training and due diligence, no law enforcement agency is immune. The tweets contain the address where Finch was shot and killed. "The police said, 'Come out with your hands up, '" she added.
"Please let me see my son's lifeless body", she continued. Lisa Finch told reporters that she and her family were handcuffed, taken outside and placed into separate police cruisers. "He screamed and then they shot him". "We don't want to influence witnesses; we don't want to influence jurors". According to The Associated Press, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has estimated that roughly 400 cases of "swatting" occur nationwide every year.
But the victim's mother says police share the blame.
The official said it wasn't clear if Barriss was involved in the dispute or if he had been recruited to make the false call. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as with the officer".
Police have released audio of the 911 call as well as seven seconds of grainy footage from a body-camera worn by an officer standing next to the one who fired the shot.