Officer shot by gunman in the line of duty

The Cayce police Department (CPD) in South Carolina lost a protector of freedom and defender of the peace Sunday.

According to Chief Chris Cowan of the CPD, the CPD was called to the 100 block of Romswell Road at approximately 2:48 am where officers encountered a man in the front yard of the residence.

“As they were making contact with the individual – the male individual who was in the front yard of the home – there were shots that came from inside the house,” he said. “One of those shots struck and killed officer Drew Barr.”

“There was no call for it. There was no reason for it. It was inexcusable,” Cowan said.

According to CPD there was a 7 hour standoff in which they tried to negotiate with the suspect trying to defuse the disturbed man. The man ultimately killed himself.




Cowan said Barr, who did not have a wife or children, was incredibly dedicated to his city and his profession. Barr, who was also an EMT and firefighter, moved to Cayce in 2016 before graduating from the Criminal Justice Academy in 2017. In October 2020, he was promoted to the K9 unit and was paired up with Molly, a five-year-old Labrador.

In 2017, both Barr and Sgt. Evan Antley were shot “during an incident that involved a car chase and gunfire,” South Carolina newspaper the State reported

Per the outlet: 

In 2021, Eugene Jonathon James was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple crimes, including two counts of attempted murder for shooting Barr and Sgt. Evan Antley. James also pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. At that time James was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, a sentence he will serve after completing his 20-year prison stint on state charges, according to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.

“Officer Barr gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, to make us safe, and he loved what he did, but he paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Cowan said. “I would ask that the community, this state, pray for his family, pray for the Cayce Police Department as they heal.”

“Our hearts are breaking in Cayce. Officer Drew Barr has been an important part of the Cayce family since 2016,” said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, according to the State. “All of our Cayce officers, our Cayce team, and our Cayce citizens mourn with Officer Barr’s family.”

Thank you to all our officers who defend us daily




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