Kansas 'swatting' case: Suspect appears in Los Angeles court, waives extradition hearing

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A man accused of making a hoax phone call that led to a deadly police shooting in Kansas is expected to be extradited to that state. (KABC)

A Los Angeles man accused of making a hoax phone call that led to a deadly police shooting in Kansas is expected to be extradited to the Midwestern state for felony prosecution.

Tyler Barriss, 25, appeared briefly Wednesday morning in an L.A. courtroom, where he waived his right to an extradition hearing. He was being held without bail.

According to Judge Deborah S. Brazil, the deadline for Barriss' extradition is Feb. 2.

The suspect allegedly made a false 911 call to police in Wichita, Kansas, on Dec. 28, prompting officers to respond to a report of a shooting and kidnapping at a home. An innocent man who answered the door at the residence, 28-year-old Andrew Finch, was subsequently killed in an officer-involved shooting. Finch was unarmed.

Barriss was arrested the following day in South Los Angeles.

A fugitive warrant said Barriss was charged with making a false alarm, which covers calling police or a fire department and knowingly giving false information. It's a low-level felony in Kansas that carries a maximum of 34 months in prison, though other charges could be filed after Wichita prosecutors review the results of a police investigation.

The family of Finch said they also want the officer who opened fire to face criminal charges.

In October 2015, Barriss was charged with making hoax bomb threats that resulted in the evacuation of the ABC7 building in Glendale on two separate days. He served two years in L.A. County jail after being convicted in that case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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