The address was actually the home of Andrew Finch, who opened his front door when he saw that police were outside.
The Calgary Police Service has charged a Los Angeles man in a hoax last month that caused tactical teams to descend on an apartment building for a report of a shooting and hostage taking that turned out to be bogus.
"Swatting" is the term used when someone calls police with a false report of an ongoing crime. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday afternoon.
Authorities allege that a dispute over an online video game led Barriss to call a Wichita, Kan., police dispatcher and falsely claim that he had shot his father and was holding two other people hostage inside a Wichita home on December 28.
The case, Bennett said, has been unique and there's not a lot of previous case law to reference. Calgary police are charging Barriss with mischief and fraud.
"Someone tried to SWAT me and got an innocent man killed, the person said on Twitter according to Rolling Stone". Barriss, who was allegedly given the address by one of the players and asked to "swat" the home, is suspected to have made the call, claiming to be the perpetrator of a homicide and hostage situation and giving police an address that he believed belonged to the other gamer. There was a $1.50 wager over the game.
According to jail records in Los Angeles, Barriss was released to Kansas authorities at 8:53 a.m. It has gained traction in recent years among online gamers. Police said Finch was given commands to keep his hands raised, but he reached toward his waist multiple times before being shot.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett is also considering filing charges against the officer who shot and killed Finch-who has yet to be identified.
Siegenthaler said swatting calls can put the public and officers at risk and tie up police resources.