Tyler Barriss to make initial court appearance this week

January 01, 2018 - 4:41 am

Tyler Barriss — the man accused of making a swatting call in Wichita that left a 28-year-old man dead by police gunfire — is expected to appear in a California courtroom sometime this week in connection with the case.

The court appearance would be the first step in bringing Barriss to Kansas to face criminal charges. 

Los Angeles police arrested Barriss on a felony warrant on Friday afternoon and he is being held in jail without bond. 

When Barriss arrives at court, he will be served a copy of the arrest warrant issued by the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and given the chance to apply for a court-appointed attorney. He can then be extridited to Kansas, or contest it. Contesting extradition would mean that his arrival in Wichita could take several weeks.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office on Sunday said that they are reviewing all possible charging options for Barriss while the investigation continues. One possible charge is making a false alarm. It is unknown if Barriss will face any kind of homicide charge. 

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