LOS ANGELES – A law enforcement official says that police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect to be a hoax phone call that resulted in a fatal police shooting in Kansas.
The official says the 25-year-old Tyler Barriss was arrested Friday, but had no information about the costs. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The authorities have not released the name of the man who was killed Thursday in Wichita, Kansas. Family members identified him as 28-year-old Andrew Finch.
Police on Friday blamed a “prankster” who called 911 with a fake story about a shooting and the kidnapping of the victim address. A SWAT team responded.
Barriss was convicted in 2016 on two points of making a false bomb report to a TV station in California.