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Kansas ‘swatting’ suspect arrested in Los Angeles

The police in Wichita, Kan., are pictured at the scene of an officer-involved shooting was believed prompted by a “swatting” prank, Dec. 28, 2017.

(Wichita Eagle via Associated Press)

A 25-year-old man was arrested in South Los Angeles the night of Friday on Saturday in connection with an alleged “swatting” prank that resulted in a police-involved fatal shooting in Kansas city, police said.

Authorities the suspect as Tyler Barriss Los Angeles (KABC-TV reported. They say Barriss is suspected of making a hoax phone call to the police in Wichita, Kan., that resulted in the death of an innocent 28-year-old man.

Wichita police officials were investigating whether the hoax phone call they received Thursday was an example of ‘swatting’, where someone reports a false emergency in the hopes a SWAT team will arrive at a scene where no actual emergency exists.

On Thursday, just as a call resulted in the police fatally shooting Andrew Finch, whom the police believed was involved in a hostage situation.

Here is the 911 call that lead to the deadly swatting in Kansas. https://t.co/nXG1WUKKsa

— Candi Bolden (@CandiBolds) December 30, 2017

Wichita Deputy police chief Troy Livingston, who called the shooting a “tragic and senseless act,” said police responding to a call of someone who claims his father was shot in the head and that he is with his mother and a brother or sister at gunpoint.

The caller added that he poured gasoline in the house and “perhaps in the fire.”

Check was a shot in the chest by an officer who believed Finch was the reach of a weapon in his waistband, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he later died of his injuries.

The deputy police chief said Finch was not armed.

In October 2015, a suspect is also the name Tyler Barriss was arrested in Glendale, California, to establish a connection with the call of a bomb threat to KABC-TV, the station reported.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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