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This 2015 booking photo released by the Glendale, Calif., Police Department shows Tyler Raj Barriss. The Los Angeles Police Department confirms it arrested Barriss Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in connection with a deadly ‘swatting’ call in Wichita, Kan., Thursday, Dec. 28. Information from Glendale shows that in October, 2015, Barriss was arrested in connection with making a bomb threat to ABC Studios in Glendale. (Glendale Police Department via AP)

Two gamers competed in their Call of Duty shooting game one night last December from afar: one in Ohio, the other in Kansas.

They got in a serious argument. The one from Ohio enlisted a third virtual associate from California to “swat” the Kansas man – to make a fake 9-1-1 call sending armed police to the Kansas man’s address.

But that address was a different address. And when police arrived at gunpoint – believing the emergency report of a son who had killed his father, was holding his mother and brother at gunpoint and planning to light the house on fire – they shot and killed an innocent man on the porch of his home.

Now the product of a half-hour chain reaction on Dec. 28 has resulted in the arraignment of the three gamers in federal court in Wichita.

Tyler Barriss, the 25-year-old from California who allegedly made the fatal call from a TextNow number, already faces involuntary manslaughter charges at the state level. But the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas is also charging him with making false or hoax reports to emergency services, cyberstalking, making interstate threats, making interstate threats to harm by fire, wire fraud, and conspiracy to make or hoax reports.

Casey Viner, the 18-year-old from Ohio, and Shane Gaskill, the 20-year-old from Kansas, are also charged in the new superseding indictment.

Barriss is charged because of the interstate communications involved in placing the bogus call.

Barriss and Gaskill, his alleged target, communicated over Twitter direct messages that night, starting at 5:51 p.m. CST. Gaskill dared him to try a “swatting” call – later saying other gamers had tried before, but he knew people in Wichita who would ensure the authorities would check with him before responding with guns drawn.

“It’s have you in prison for 5 years buddy,” said Gaskill, giving an address on McCormick Street. “Casey already gave me all the proof I need bahahahahah… You’re gonna try to swat me its hilarious… Try something please kid.”

Barriss allegedly did. By using the TextNow program, he was able to show a 316 area code to the dispatcher in Kansas, according to the unsealed indictment. The series of calls to the Wichita Police Department’s downtown security desk began at 6:10 p.m., according to the court documents. He various identified himself as a Brian or a Ryan – and that his father was dead, and he had the gun and was planning to set the house on fire.

The calls continued through one made at 6:39 p.m.

But at 6:28 p.m., 28-year-old Andrew Finch was shot and killed on his McCormick Street porch.

Gaskill at first crowed about how they were unsuccessful in sending police to his own home.

“They showed up to my old house that we own and rented out,” Gaskill tweeted. “We don’t live there anymore bahahaha.”

But his joy was allegedly short-lived.

The transmissions collected by federal and local authorities through a forensic examination of Viner’s iPhone also indicate that there was an attempt to delete evidence of the “swatting” call just as the local media were reporting the shooting death of Finch.

“Dude/ Me you and bape/ Need to delete everything/ This is a murder case now,” typed Gaskill. “Casey deleted everything/ You need to 2 as well/ This isn’t a joke K troll anymore/ If you don’t you’re literally retarded I’m trying to help you both out/ They know it was a swat call.”

But later that same night, the texting showed that the outcome of the game – and the pride involved – were still being disputed.

“It says at the top (of a Facebook post) it was due to apparently losing a tournament and doing it when I won the tournament,” Viner allegedly texted, and then conceded the police would find out everything else. “It doesn’t matter, the investigation will literally unveil everything, the guy who was ‘swatted’ has Twitter screenshots of every conversation… I literally said you’re gonna be swatted. Not thinking at all, so I’m going to prison.”

The state trial for Barriss on the homicide charge is scheduled for Jan. 7. Barriss has also allegedly accessed Twitter from behind bars in April, proclaiming himself an “eGod” – and issuing more threats to "swat" unspecified parties.

The three defendants are scheduled for a federal trial on Nov. 6 – though that date will likely change over the coming month, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Although a series of celebrities and public figures have been “swatted” over the last decade, the Wichita death appears to be the first incident in which a person was killed, according to online reports.

Some law enforcement agencies, like the Seattle Police Department, have launched programs to allow people to notify emergency responders they may be targets of future “swatting” calls.

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