Two Men Federally Indicted Along With Swatter Tyler Barris

Stop Cyber Abuse

Imagine this …

Two guys are playing an online computer game.  They get angry with each other.  One guy threatens to have the other swatted, that is, he will make a false report to the police so they will show up ready to kill.  The other guy dares him to and gives him a fake address.

The guy who threatened the swatting contacts another guy in California who is ruthless, has a history of making false police reports and bomb threats, and takes pride in doing it.  The swatter who is in California, makes a false police report to Wichita, Kansas.

It ends with an innocent 28-year old father being killed.  His children no longer have a father.

Now, don’t imagine it.  It is true.

Tyler Barris in Court

Tyler Barris was the swatter.  On December 28, 2017, he made a false police report that he was in the house…

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Posted on 05/29/2018, in Cases, Cyber Abuse, Cyberharassment, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I know young guys have a lot of bravo, but I am stunned at the total lack of empathy for the victims of their actions these three have. I can not understand the total disconnect some people have for the harm their actions cause. Even if they had not thought these harms would happen, after they do happen the people doing them should feel great remorse. I do not believe these do. The one person has kept doing it, even from prison. I think all three should have mental and emotional illness checks. Hugs

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    • Scottie,
      Remorse is not shown because they justify their actions — someone else made them do it. Looking at their ages, this could be learned behavior, starting in their households. As long as they don’t suffer immediate consequences for their actions, they end up becoming 50-year old cyber abusers leaving a path of victims behind. I don’t think I’m too far off when saying that had Andrew Finch not been killed, those indicted in this case would still be using doxing and swatting as threats and performing those actions.

      The good thing is, with each charge and prosecution, it serves as a clear warning to perpetrators. They can run, but they cannot stay hidden. Andrew’s death is beyond sad, but it has not been in vain.

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  2. I’m a bit morally conflicted on the decision to charged Gaskill (obstruction)… Yes, he electronically purged his involvement in the incident, but did he really initiate or consciously contribute to the actions which led to Finch’s death?… I dunno, I suspect the fact that he gave a false address — which happened to be the address of Finch’s residence — is accessory enough. A law expert I am not.

    That said, this (expletive) needs to stop.


    • T Will Evans,
      Unless they plead guilty, they will all get a chance to defend themselves before a federal judge or a jury. I remember reading that one of Tyler’s tweets after knowing that his Swat call resulted in Andrew being killed, was that he wasn’t in trouble because he didn’t pull the trigger. Evidently, Tyler did not know about felony murder laws.

      The reason stuff like this doesn’t stop, is because those doing it don’t seem to know the law nor have any appreciation of it. Even their anonymous handles are to keep themselves from retribution by those they harm, and not because they think they have violated laws.

      Yes — you are right — it needs to stop.

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  3. Law Enforcement is going to have to step up their game if they’re going to get a handle on these things. “Barris was apparently out of control and believed that the methods he used were not discoverable by law enforcement. He was under federal observation when he made the fatal swat call in December 2017.”


    • Melinda,
      I hope it’s very soon that they get a handle on it and also because of this case, people will learn that there are serious consequences.


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