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Listen: Interview with SWATter Who Got an Innocent Man Killed in Wichita

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 2:00 pm

Yesterday, someone interviewed a man claiming to be the SWATter in the Wichita SWATting that killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Finch, the father of two young children, was not involved in the argument that precipitated the SWATting, and was shot by police at his front door while unarmed. The appalling interview with the SWATter is here:

I don’t know if the person being interviewed is Tyler Barriss, the suspect who has been arrested in the SWATting. But the interviewer claims to have contacted the interviewee through his Twitter account, on which he claimed responsibility for the SWATting. And the interviewee here sure sounds like the guy from the fake call to police:

The lack of remorse or empathy is infuriating if not surprising.

If you believe his story, he was not involved in the argument that precipitated the SWATting. Two gamers were playing Call of Duty online and got into an argument. One gamer (we’ll call him Gamer #1) gave a fake address to the other gamer (we’ll call him Gamer #2) and challenged Gamer #2 to SWAT him. Gamer #2 then contacted the SWATter and said, basically, some guy gave me an address and thinks he isn’t going to get SWATted. Want to prove him wrong? The SWATter said sure; after all, he SWATs people all the time. Then Gamer #1 contacted the SWATter on Twitter and taunted him, further spurring the SWATter to make the SWATting call.

If this story is to be believed, several other people were involved in this incident, from the police officer who fired the fatal shot, to Gamer #1 who provided the fake address, to Gamer #2 who solicited the SWATting.

But never mind all that. If it’s Barriss, I want him to go down for murder.

Police also need to find and punish the other people involved, if any.

If you’re new to this story, you can read my post about this deadly SWATting here, as well as my own account of having been a SWATting victim in the past. I published the audio of the SWATting call and the body cam footage of the shooting here. I posted about the arrest of the suspect here.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. NBC News reported he was arrested at a “transitional living facility” in South LA. KABC reported he had been charged with bomb threats and other crimes in 2015. If he was convicted, he might have been out on parole. Is a transitional living facility like a halfway house where parolees go? Google indicates it is the name for a rehab facility for people with addiction and mental health problems.

    My concern is that his Twitter handle, which includes the word Uautistic, coupled with where he was staying, may mean he is autistic or has a mental health problem so there may be a competency issue. In addition, there are also reports that he wasn’t playing but was asked to do this by a gamer. Maybe it wasn’t his idea but something he was convinced to do, without the ability to understand the consequences.

    If so, and it’s a Big If, I hate the way society and the education system tries to mainstream these people. They can be dangerous. But whatever his problems, the facility has some supervision issues.

    Comment by DRJ — 12/30/2017 @ 4:09 pm

  2. An autistic teen allegedly killed his family in New Jersey. These cases are so difficult, I know.

    Comment by DRJ — 1/1/2018 @ 3:18 pm

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