His ‘swatting’ call led to the death of a man. Now he is going to prison for 20 years

TOPEKA, Kan. — A California man who made a hoax call that precipitated a fatal police shooting in Kansas has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

Tyler Raj Barriss received the sentence after pleading guilty to making a false report resulting in death and dozens of other counts related to calls in which no one was hurt.

Swatting is no prank,” said Stephen McAllister, the US Attorney for the District of Kansas. “Sending police and emergency responders rushing to anyone’s...

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