Three Face Federal Charges for Swatting

Steve Boyer
May 23, 2018 - 5:03 pm

Three people now face federal charges in the swatting incident that resulted in a Wichita Police officer fatally shooting Andrew Finch. 

In a press conference Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said federal prosecuters will charge Tyler Barriss and two other men for several charges. The indictment says Casey Viner of Ohio and Shane Gaskill of Wichita were involved in an online game with Barriss when they got into an argument. The dispute led to Viner contacting Barriss, who was in California, and he called in the bogus call to police in Wichita. The address Barriss gave police was an old address of Gaskill's near Seneca and McCormick.

The charges that the three men face include making false reports to emergency responders, cyberstalking resulting in death, wire fraud, making interstate threats, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and threatening to kill or cause property damage. The penalty of these crimes ranges from five years to life in prison. All include a fine of up to $250,000.

All three men were over 18 years of age at the time the crimes were committed and will be charged as adults. 

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