Police in Los Angeles and Wichita, Kansas, confirmed in statements emailed Saturday the arrest of 25-year-old Tyler Barriss.
The alias behind SWAuTistic finally has a face and name after the Los Angeles Police Department arrested Tyler Raj Barris on Friday December 29th.
The deceased man, who was unarmed, has been identified as 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Within seconds, he had been fatally shot.
Swatting is an internet hoax where someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of an ongoing crime - often with killing or hostages involved - in an attempt to draw a large number of police officers to a particular address. "So that's the information we were working off of", Livingston said.
The argument that resulted in the deadly swatting prank was reportedly sparked by a $1 wager over the game.
"When they walked over there, the door was wide open", King said.
This tweet came from the gamer many claim is responsible for the swatting prank.
Reports in USA media suggest the call stemmed from an argument between two gamers playing Call of Duty online.
On Friday night, YouTuber Daniel Keem, AKA Killer Keemstar, reached out to the Call of Duty swatter in an attempt to interview him on his online news show, DramaAlert, and succeeded. You can listen to the 911 call below but be advised, it is disturbing.
On Thursday, Wichita police reportedly received a fabricated report that someone had shot a man and was holding others hostage in a Wichita home. "I already poured gasoline all over the house". I just did that by myself.
Livingston didn't say what caused the officer to shoot the man or whether he was armed. When they arrived at the address, a man named Andrew Finch, 28, answered the door. Police have said officers feared Finch had drawn a weapon.
"I heard my son scream, I got up and then I heard a shot", Lisa Finch, the victim's mother told the Eagle. The person who was the target of the swatting gave the other gamer a false address, which sent police to Finch's home instead of his own, according to Twitter posts.
The FBI's office in Kansas City, Mo. says its agents are, at the request of local police, now involved in the investigation, the Associated Press reports.
While there's no confirmation yet that Barriss is "SWauTistic", the Twitter user who claimed to be one of the Call of Duty players and admitted to Krebs On Security's Brian Krebs that he was the one who made the call, the LA Times has found that Barriss has a history of such pranks. Federal prosecutors pursued cases in Maryland and CT in 2015. The intended victim, who was not swatted, said this. Trey Forgety of the National Emergency Number Association told NPR in 2013 that 911 operators all over the country face 600,000 a day, making spotting a fake hard.
A man is dead after what appears to have been a fake call for help.