LA man charged in Wichita 'swatting' shooting waives extradition

Andrew Finch was shot by the police after a "swatting" prank. He was 28-year-old and from Wichita, Kansas. | Photo Undated
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 25-year-old Los Angeles man wanted in Kansas has waived extradition proceedings in California and will face a felony allegation that he made a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Wichita resident.

Barriss appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. He acknowledged he is the person wanted in Kansas. A fugitive-from-justice warrant filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors says Barriss was charged in Kansas on Dec. 29 with the felony of making a false alarm.

Under Kansas law, defendants are provided notice of charges they face at their first court appearance, and the nature of any charge is not public until then.

Police have said 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot after a prankster called 911 last week with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at Finch’s Wichita home.

The attorney for the Finch family wants the police officer who killed him criminally charged for his death. In a letter Tuesday, Finch’s mother, Lisa Finch, says officials are compounding the family’s grief by not allowing her to see her son’s body or returning it for burial.

The family’s Chicago attorney, Andrew M. Stroth, says justice for them would include criminal charges against the SWAT team officer who shot Finch.