A man accused of making a fake emergency call that led to a fatal shooting has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The maximum sentence for the felony ranges from 31 to 136 months depending on a number of factors including any prior criminal record.

Police say that on December 28, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss called them to report a hostage situation, telling officers that he had his family at gunpoint and had doused the house with petrol.

He then gave them the address for 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was subsequently shot and killed by an officer after he answered the door and appeared to move his hands towards his waist.

The officer that killed Finch is now on paid administrative leave, and is under investigation by a Sedgwick County district attorney.

The hoax was allegedly carried out by Barriss after an argument over a wager between two Call of Duty players led to one giving the other an address.

The address – which wasn't related to anyone involved in the dispute – was then given to Barriss, who is apparently known in the community as a guy who carries out "swatting" hoaxes.

Barriss is also being charged for a swatting incident in Calgary, Canada that took place a week earlier than the fatal shooting. No-one was injured in the earlier hoax.