Jan 12, 3:50 PM EST

Suspect in fatal hoax call in Wichita makes court appearance


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A California man accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Kansas has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Twenty-five-year-old Tyler Barriss made his first court appearance in Kansas Friday following extradition from California. He was also charged with giving false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer. Bond was set at $500,000.

Barriss did not immediately return a message left Friday at the jail.

Prosecutors allege Barriss was in Los Angeles when he called police on Dec. 28 with a fake story about a shooting and kidnapping at a home in Wichita, Kansas.

Police responded to the address, where an officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after Finch opened his door.

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