An American suspected of making a prank call that led to a fatal shooting has been charged with involuntary homicide.
Tyler Barriss, of Los Angeles, is accused of having called the police in Kansas falsely claiming he was armed and had taken hostages at a home in Wichita.
Armed police responded and shot dead the house unarmed resident, Andrew Finch, while investigating.
Mr Barriss is thought to have made the hoax call to the wake of a row between two players playing Call of Duty online.Jail sentence
US police said that the call was an act of “finishing”, where a person makes a false report to send to the police to another person in the house or impersonates any other person to send the police a false address.
Mr Barriss is alleged to have been made by one of Call of Duty player “swat” of the other.
However, when asked for an address, the player passed on the details to the Lord Finch of the home, which was alien to any of the players that had fallen.
The police are reportedly still investigating the identities of the two Cod players believed to have been involved.
The charges addressed to the Lord Barriss during the hearing of involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with the application of the law.
If he is found guilty, the Lord Barriss could face up to 11 years in prison.
In an interview with a local news station in Kansas, Mr. Barriss said he understood the “magnitude” of what had happened and felt “remorse.”
“Not only has affected my life, that affects someone in the family also,” he told KWCH station.
District attorney Marc Bennett, in Kansas, said he was still investigating the conduct of the agent who shot against the Lord Finch.