Video games are a solid source of entertainment for men, women, boys, and girls all around the planet. They’ve also led to new forms of entertainment, such as online live streaming of gamers’ commentary overlapped on various video game footage, of which millions of people tune into every day – that’s considering the entire industry, at large, on sites like Twitch or Facebook via its Live feature.
Just four months ago, Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles, California, was arrested for calling emergency services and effectively sending a fully-decked-out SWAT team to a fellow streamer’s house. Unfortunately, the streamer, 28-year-old Andrew Finch, died following the totally false 911 call.
Finch’s death came just after Christmas 2017.
Tyler Barriss, a 25-year-old living in Southern California, dialed 911 and claimed that he was currently located in Wichita, Kansas and that he had just brutally, unapologetically slew his father and was holding an undisclosed number of relatives inside that same house.
Shortly after the call went through, a Special Weapons and Assault Team (SWAT) called Mr. Finch outside of his home. Considering that Finch knew he had done nothing wrong, coupled with the fact that he was unaware of such a call being made to 911 against him, he didn’t follow the SWAT team’s commands closely enough.
Police reports indicate that Finch’s hands wavered around his waistband for a moment too long, pushing an officer to fire one shot at the video-gaming live-streamer. Finch died immediately.
According to Troy Livingston, the Deputy Police Chief of Wichita, Kansas, Mr. Finch was referred to as “an innocent victim” of a so-called “prank” gone wrong.
Despite the fact that Barriss was shipped from Los Angeles, California all the way to Wichita, Kansas, considering that is where the crime ultimately took place – or, at least where he’s currently being held and will likely be charged in – he’s still not shown any remorse for his actions.
Just days ago, he logged onto Twitter and shared “How am I on the Internet if I’m in jail? Oh, because I’m an eGod, that’s how.”
As it turns out, 13 other inmates accessed the Internet, as well, due to a security upgrade on a kiosk used by inmates to keep track of commissary balances and to message others using email technology. Normally, inmates are never allowed to access the Internet.
The only reason Barriss logged online is through a fault of the prison’s administration.
I’ll take, “Who’s not an eGod for 400, please.”