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Detective John Barnes | Portsmouth Police Department, Ohio Portsmouth Police Department, Ohio


John Barnes

Portsmouth Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, February 26, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Died in prison

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Detective Barnes was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect on Seventh Street. Detective Barnes had observed the man attempt to hold up a woman. When the woman started screaming and ran, the suspect ran the other way, towards Detective Barnes.

Detective Barnes stepped out of his vehicle and grabbed the suspect, who immediately turned and fired. Although mortally wounded, Detective Barnes was able to return fire and hit the suspect once in the hand. A man who was standing nearby grabbed Detective Barnes' service revolver, chased down the suspect, and subdued him until police arrived. The suspect's accomplice was arrested a short time later.

Both suspects were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in April of 1932. The shooter died in prison. His accomplice was paroled in April of 1957.

Detective Barnes was survived by his wife.

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