Shane Gaskill from Wichita, KS, has been a hot topic after Netflix released Web of Make Believe which is about an innocent man, Andrew Finch, getting killed. Shane and Casey had an argument over a game and Shane gave his then address challenging Casey to visit him. As a result, Casey asked Tyler Barriss to make a swatting call to the Wichita Police. Andrew was later shot by a police officer, Justin Rapp. Follow the article to know more about Shane Gaskill and where he is now.
Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies, and the Internet on Netflix is a six-part anthology series from director Brian Knappenberger, Luminant Media, and Imagine Documentaries about people caught up in a dark and twisted web of modern misinformation and digital fraud.
The series investigates a murder set against the backdrop of Russian election interference and explores the consequences of SWATing, takes a chilling trip down the rabbit hole of white supremacy, joins a Federal hunt for the suspect of a brazen IRS heist, and joins a Federal hunt for the suspect of a brazen IRS heist.
We've previously discussed how Tyler Bariss' bluff call led to the death of an innocent man, Andrew Finch. However, Tyler wasn't the one who really made the plan. It was Casey Viner who asked Tyler to make a call. Casey wanted to scare his game mate, Shane Gaskill, after a Call of Duty game ended in an argument between two teammates.
As a result, many viewers of the Netflix show are now interested to know more about Shane Gaskill and how Shane was directly involved in the death of Andrew. Well, here is everything we know.
Shane Gaskill and Casey Viner’s Dispute Over a Game Caused an Innocent Man’s Death: Tyler Barriss Made a Swatting Call Which Led Officer Justin Rapp to Shoot Andrew Finch!
In December 2017, an uninvolved, innocent person was killed in an event involving Tyler Barriss, Casey Viner, and their intended target, Shane Gaskill.
Casey Viner, 18, of North College Hill, Ohio, lost a $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty: WWII match in 2017, leading him to plan the entire swatting incident. Casey, who goes by the online name Baperizer, and Shane Gaskill, who goes by the nickname Miruhcle, were on the same squad throughout that gaming session.
According to sources, Shane killed his partner's in-game character by accident, causing both players to lose the match and their little sums of money. Shane gave Casey the wrong address after the two guys got into a Twitter fight over this.
Over the loss, Casey threatened to swat Shane. As a result, the latter stated that he'd be waiting and provided his now-rival with the exact address of his former residence in Wichita, Kansas. Shane expected nothing to happen after being evicted from the apartment in 2016.
But he could never have guessed that the home's current resident, Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old father of two, would end up dying. After all, satisfied with the address, Casey contacted Tyler Barriss, a well-known online prankster, to organize a fake phone call to scare Shane.
When officials got on the scene, they misinterpreted it as a hostage scenario a officer named Justin Rapp pulled a gun on Andrew, who eventually died in a hospital. Shane Gaskill reportedly messaged Tyler Barriss on Twitter after news of the incident surfaced, encouraging him to destroy all proof of his interaction with Casey.
Shane wrote, "This is now a murder case. Casey deleted everything, and you should do the same." Officers also discovered deleted messages on Casey's phone, including one that claimed, "I was involved in someone's death," according to a federal indictment.
Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill were both indicted in connection with the swatting incident on May 23, 2018. Shane was only charged with the latter three counts, while Casey was charged with conspiracy to create false reports, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and wire fraud.
Shane was re-indicted on fresh charges in July when authorities determined that he had encouraged his hunters to try again after learning of the fatal shooting. Both defendants initially pled not guilty to all charges.
Shane Gaskill reached an agreement for deferred prosecution, which could result in the accusations against him being dropped outright. Therefore, if he goes to trial and is found guilty, he may face a sentence of more than 60 years in prison.
However, according to recent reports, the procedures have been postponed by a federal judge. Shane Gaskill signed a deal in mid-2019 that required him to get his GED, pay $1,000 in restitution, and complete other requirements by December 31, 2020, in order for the criminal case against him to be withdrawn. However, because the Kansas resident was unable to do so, a judge gave him a one-year extension.