California swatter Tyler Barriss managed to send out four tweets from the Sedgwick County Jail on Friday
Barriss is charged with involuntary manslaughter after Wichita police responded to his swatting call and shot Andrew Finch
A glitch in a software update to allowed 14 inmates to have Internet access for several hours on Friday
In one of the tweets Barriss makes a reference to swatting
On Friday, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss—charged with involuntary manslaughter after the Wichita Police Department responded to a swatting call and shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch— sent out four tweets from his Twitter account, @GoredTutor36.
Barriss first tweeted at 9:03 am, “How am I on the Internet if I’m in jail? Oh, because I’m an eGod, that’s how.”
At 9:24 am the second tweet referred to swatting. “All right, now who was talking shit? >:) Your ass is about to get swatted,” Barriss tweeted out.
Barriss’ third tweet at 9:26 am read, “Yarreddy know.”
The last tweet from Barriss read, “Y’all should see how much swag I got in here.”
The Wichita Eagle noticed the tweets from Barriss’s account which led to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office conducting an investigation. The investigation found that inmates had access to the Internet through an inmate kiosk for roughly a few hours before the vendor learned of the breach.
The kiosk was able to access the Internet after the vendor installed an improper software upgrade. According to the SCSO 14 inmates had access to the kiosk, but it is unknown how many possibly accessed the Internet.
The kiosk is normally for inmates to make purchases at the jail’s commissary and send and receive electronic messages. These kiosks are not meant to allow inmates to have Internet access. It was reported that jail kiosks around the country were affected by the breach.
As soon as the path was identified it was closed and the affected kiosk was upgraded with the proper digital security features.
Following the December shooting of Finch, Barriss is charged with involuntary manslaughter, giving false alarm and interfering with law enforcement in the case. Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles, California on December 29 and has been in Sedgwick County Jail since January 11.
On Thursday evening, a well-known Internet prank turned deadly after police in Wichita, Kansas responded to a call claiming a man had killed his father and was holding his family hostage.
Police responded to the call, which ended with the shooting death of 28-year-old Andrew Thomas Finch. In a media briefing, Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Troy Livingston stated they believe they were “given some misinformation on the call.” Finch did not murder his father, and there were no hostages at the residence.
During the media briefing, Livingston confirmed that Finch did not fire at officers. When asked if Finch was armed, there was no answer. It was said there will be more information released at Friday’s media briefing at 10:00 am.