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Detective Wayne M. Barry | St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida


Wayne M. Barry

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, May 23, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Killed by another officer

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Detective Barry was shot and killed by a man who had just shot someone during a break-in.

Detective Barry and another officer were assigned to a moonshine liquor investigation in the area of Merrill Avenue (now Arlington Avenue North). During a stakeout to observe an expected delivery of contraband, a burglar broke into a nearby home and shot the resident. The officers heard the shot and saw the suspect run from the rear of the house. While pursuing him on foot, the man shot and killed Officer Barry. The second officer returned fire, killing the man.

Detective Barry had served with the St. Petersburg Police Department for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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This man was my Grandfather. I heard he was a great man and my Grandmother never remarried and raised for great children. For that reason it showed he was loved by his wife. His children are all with him now and i miss them greatly. Happy they are a family again. Go bless you all.

Scott and Diane Smith
January 13, 2016


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