Suspect in fatal hoax call in Wichita returned to Kansas

Tyler Barriss appears for an extradition hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

WICHITA — A man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man has been returned to Kansas.


Sedgwick County jail records show 25-year-old Tyler Barriss was booked into the jail Thursday on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.

His bond was set at $500,000.

Barriss had been held in the Los Angeles County jail since he was arrested Dec. 28 in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors allege Barriss made a call Dec. 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping that led Wichita police to a home where 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot and killed after opening his door.

Barris has a history of making such hoax calls, which are sometimes called “swatting.”