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Tyler Barriss’ Ethnicity, Parents, Age & Grandmother: Here Is How His Hoax Call Led to Andrew Finch’s Death!

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Jun 16, 2022 @ 13:19 EDT
Tyler Barriss’ Ethnicity, Parents, Age & Grandmother: Here Is How His Hoax Call Led to Andrew Finch’s Death!

Netflix's Web of Make Believe portrays the story of Tyler Barriss, 28, and his doings in the first episode of the documentary. Viewers are now seeking his ethnicity. Also known as SWAuTistic, Tyler Raj Barriss is a hoax caller who at the age of 25 called the police which later led to the death of an innocent man, Andrew Finch, in Wichita, Kansas. He never had his parents' support as his father died when he was young and his mother eventually abandoned him.

Tyler was raised by his grandmother. As Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill had an argument over a game, Viner asked Tyler Barriss to initiate the swatting by making the required fraudulent call. Andrew was shot by a police officer named Justin Rapp. And 2020, Tyler Bariss pled guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Web Of Make Believe: Death, Lies, And The Internet on Netflix is an anthology docuseries directed by Brian Knappenberger that looks at how digitally distributed misinformation contributed to real-life chaos and, in some cases, deaths.

The first episode is about the practice of swatting, which involves someone making a prank call about holding hostages or something similar, leading the local police department to dispatch a SWAT squad to a person's home. Tyler Barriss made a fake call to the police which later led to the death of an innocent man, Andrew Finch, on December 28, 2017.

As a result, Andrew's niece, Adelina Finch, also committed suicide a year later as she witnessed her uncle's death and got traumatized by the incident. As a result, viewers of the show are curious to know more about Tyler Barriss, including his ethnicity. Well, here is everything we know about Tyler Bariss and how his little mistake caused Andrew's death.

Previously, we touched on the story of Kevin Doherty, Seth Rich, and his girlfriend.

Web of Make Believe: Parents, Grandmother & Age of Tyler Barriss From the Netflix Documentary!

As mentioned above, Tyler Barriss, an American citizen, was charged in December 2017 with swatting in Wichita, Kansas. He was a resident of Los Angeles, California, and was born on November 9, 1992.

Tyler Raj Barriss was a 25-year-old homeless guy in California at the time of the incident. He had a criminal record, including domestic abuse, and had served 16 months in the Los Angeles County Jail for making false bomb threats against KABC-TV, a Los Angeles elementary school, and a Granada Hills middle school.

Furthermore, he was wanted by authorities in Panama City, Florida, for making around 30 previous bomb threats, including one to a high school, and in Canada for harassing a woman in Calgary on fraud and mischief charges.

According to the Netflix documentary, Tyler Barriss was known as SWAuTistic in the internet community and always wanted to be a professional HALO player. However, he was raised by his grandmother. His father died when he was young and his mother abandoned him right after his father's death.

Tyler is currently 28 years old as of now. Looking at his history we can assume why his mother left him. His parents weren't there when he needed them during his early days. As a result, he started making fraud calls and threatening people. Now, let's talk about how an innocent man was killed due to the stupidity of Tyler Barriss. The incident is also referred to as the 2017 Wichita swatting.

On December 28, 2017, in Wichita, Kansas, the 2017 Wichita swatting took place. Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill got into an online debate over the computer game Call of Duty: WWII, which led to the event. During the heated argument, Viner threatened to have Gaskill swatted, and Gaskill responded by giving him a false address for his home, which was occupied by an unrelated person, Andrew Finch.

Viner then asked Tyler Barriss to initiate the swatting by making the required fraudulent call. When Wichita Police arrived at the scene, officer Justin Rapp fatally shot Finch as he was exiting his home. Barriss pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and a slew of additional crimes stemming from separate occurrences. He was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in March 2019.

For his part in the system, Viner received a two-year community service sentence and a 15-month prison sentence, while Gaskill received a two-year probationary sentence. However, officer Rapp was not charged with the death of Finch.

Previously, we touched on story of Samantha Froelich.

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Natalia Ramanova
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