Wichita "swatting" suspect accused in similar incident


Calgary police believe a Los Angeles man accused in a deadly swatting incident in Kansas is also to blame for a call in this city. The caller allegedly led officers to believe the incident occurred in the 2300 block of 17b Street S.W. Tactical unit and patrol officers attended the home and evacuated nearby units. Calgary police issued warrants against Barriss for public mischief, fraud and mischief.

"The female exited her residence and officers confirmed that the initial report of a shooting and hostage scenario was false".

"While officers were on scene trying to confirm the reported information, Calgary 911 received another call from a female who lived at the address, who believed she was the victim of a swatting call", reads the release.

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The CPS Cyber/Forensics Unit took over the case once the situation was resolved and identified a suspect who'd contacted the victim earlier that day.

According to NBC News, Barriss had previously served 32 months in the Los Angeles County Jail for making a false reporting of a bomb to an agency and maliciously reporting a false bombing.

Police say the woman may have been targeted because of her online persona.

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The call to Wichita emergency dispatchers recounted similar circumstances. It's alleged Barriss dispatched them to that man's address in another alleged swatting call. Police responded to a home on West McCormick after receiving a call from a man who claimed to have shot his father and was holding other family members hostage. Police shot Finch when the unarmed man came to his door.

Siegenthaler said it's unlikely that Barriss will be extradited to Canada, but that he would be arrested if he entered the country. She sought a restraining order in 2015 from a California court, alleging Barriss made "constant threats to beat my face bloody".

Siegenthaler said swatting calls can put the public and officers at risk and tie up police resources.

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