A South Carolina police officer was killed in the line of duty after responding to a domestic disturbance call early Sunday morning, officials said.
Officer Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr, 28, of the Cayne Police Department responded to the residence at around 2:48 a.m. and made contact with a man standing in the front yard, the police chief said. of Cayce, Chris Cowan, at a press conference Sunday. .
Just as he began speaking with the man, several shots were fired from inside the house – one of which struck and killed Barr.
The man who shot Barr barricaded himself in the house and killed himself after a seven-hour standoff with law enforcement. His identity has not yet been revealed.
Barr joined the Cayce Police Department as an intern in 2016 before graduating from the police academy in 2017.
A dedicated member of the community, Barr also served as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic. He became a K-9 officer with his beloved partner Molly, a black Labrador.
The Monetta Volunteer Fire Department said Barr was their department captain in Aiken County, WSPA reported.
“He was committed to his profession, he was committed to his community. He cared about nothing but serving this community and he was shot this morning for no reason,” Cowan said.
He had no wife or children, but “was married to this profession”, he said.
Barr had survived a shooting in 2017 while still a trainee, local media reported. The shooter in this shooting is serving 30 years in state and federal sentences.
“Our hearts are breaking in Cayce,” Mayor Elise Partin told reporters on Sunday. “Officer Drew Barr has been an important part of the Cayce family since 2016.”
Cayce is a suburb of nearly 14,000 just west of the capital, Columbia.
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