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California man charged in Kansas for fatal hoax call

AP  |  Wichita (US) 

A man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in has been charged with involuntary

made his first appearance in via video link from jail yesterday following his extradition from


The 25-year-old is also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a enforcement Bond was set at USD 500,000.

A message left for the local public defender's office wasn't immediately returned.

told reporters following the brief hearing that he is still reviewing whether any charges will be filed against the police officer, and once he makes a determination that decision would be made public. He said he was awaiting a final autopsy report.

The hoax call reportedly was made after a dispute over a small wager online in a "Call of Duty" online video game tournament, according to Dexerto, a service focused on gaming.

An investigation is still ongoing as to other people alleged to be involved in a game online, Bennett said, adding that involves a forensic analysis of machines, phones and computers.

"There is no other situation quite like this to reference," Bennett said. "I am not going to stand right here and say I am not considering anything else. That would be untrue."

Bennett acknowledged the "sort of novelty" of the case, noting the public interest in it and questions about whether lawmakers may need to change laws when it comes to computer- related crimes.

"The is catching up with technology," he said. "I guess I am stating what seems fairly obvious to me without making commentary about this case."

In Kansas, involuntary carries a sentence of 31 to 136 months, depending on a defendant's criminal history, Bennett said.

Prosecutors allege Barriss was in when he called police on Dec. 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita,

The caller who phoned police said in a relatively calm voice that he had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint, according to the 911 recording. He said he poured gasoline inside the home and "might just set it on fire."

When police responded to the address, an fatally shot 28-year-old after he opened his door. Police have said he moved a hand toward his waistband and an officer, fearing he was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot and killed him. Finch was unarmed.

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

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 21:20 IST
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