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Police: American man charged with Calgary swatting incident

Last Updated Jan 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm MDT

Calgary police believe a Los Angeles man accused in a deadly swatting incident in Kansas is also to blame for a call in this city.

They have charged 25-year-old Tyler Raj Barriss after officers, including the tactical unit, responded to a false 911 call in December.

Officers rushed to the scene when they got a call from a man claiming he had shot his father and was holding his mother and brother hostage.

Officials say the man led police to believe the incident was occurring in Calgary on 17B Street S.W. Responding police began evacuating nearby units.

While on scene, 911 got a call from a woman who lived at the address and said she was the victim of a “swatting” prank.

The investigation led to California.

Warrants have been issued for Barriss, allegedly a serial swatter.

He’s charged after a man was shot by police in Wichita, Kansas, responding to a similar false 911 report.