South Carolina officer killed responding to domestic disturbance

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — A K-9 police officer, a volunteer firefighter and an EMT in central South Carolina were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance early this morning. Sunday, police said.

Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr, 28, had just started talking to a man outside the home when someone inside opened fire shortly before 3 a.m., Chief Chris Cowan of the Cayce Police Department said at a news conference. press. He said that Barr was hit by a bullet.

The man who shot Barr killed himself after a seven-hour standoff, said South Carolina State Police, who have been asked to investigate the shooting. The statement from the South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement listed Barr’s age as 27.

Barr became a police trainee in 2016 and a K-9 officer in October 2020, Cowan said. He was paired with a black Lab and posed with her for her official apartment photo.

Barr had survived a shooting in 2017, while still a trainee, the media reported. The gunman in that case is serving a total of 30 years in state and federal sentences.

Cayce is a suburb of nearly 14,000 people in western Columbia.

“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.”

The Monetta Volunteer Fire Department said Barr was the captain of his department in Aiken County, WSPA-TV reported.

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