Overland Park authorities have confirmed that a call in which a man told dispatchers he had shot his wife is a hoax. A police spokesman said that dispatchers got a call yesterday morning from a man who said he had shot his wife and would shoot police at the scene.
Authorities responded to the call by surrounding the home but they found out that nothing had happened inside. Police are now investigating to see who made the call, which happened in the same state where another incident took place just weeks ago.
In December, a dispute between two Call of Duty players led to swatting threats from one of them. The other player responded with a fake address, which was later provided to another person who knew how to do the calls.
The call sent authorities to a home in Wichita, Kansas and the man who opened the door was shot. Police thought he was reaching for a gun and one police officer shot at him. The man, who had nothing to do with gaming, lost his life.
Police arrested Tyler Barriss in connection to the call. Reports later revealed that he had made bomb threats to a gaming event and a news station. Mr. Barriss wasn’t part of the match but was contacted for the swatting call.
Tyler Barriss, who was living in Los Angeles at the time of the call, was extradited to a Kansas jail, where he is being held on a $500,000 bond after being charged with involuntary manslaughter. Mr. Barriss allegedly made the call and later confirmed in an interview with the YouTube channel DramaAlert that he had been paid to make hoax calls in the past.
Andrew Finch, the man who was shot and killed by police, was unarmed and had nothing to do with the dispute between the two Call of Duty players. His family has confirmed that he didn’t play online games.
Mr. Barriss is now facing up to eleven years in prison. He had been arrested and sentenced to two years in prison in 2016 for making the hoax emergency calls about the news station. According to the Associated Press, he was released in January 2017.
In recent years, swatting calls have targeted celebrities and popular live streamers. Overland Park police spokesman says such calls aren’t funny and added that they are now looking for the person who made it.