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Officer Richard Joseph Barth | Downers Grove Police Department, Illinois Downers Grove Police Department, Illinois


Richard Joseph Barth

Downers Grove Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, March 18, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 11

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Released in 2003

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Officer Richard Barth was shot and killed by a 13-year-old suspect while questioning him and another youth about suspicious activity in a park.

Unbeknownst to Officer Barth, the two boys had just committed a burglary and were going through the stolen items when Officer Barth interrupted them. The suspect who shot Officer Barth was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 to 100 years in prison. He was released in 2003.

Officer Barth had served with the Downers Grove Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.

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One last thing, it was always my great privilege along with hundreds of others to sign the petition at the 7-11 at Ogden and Main to keep that kid in prison another three years. My only regret is you are not with us and that kid is out of prison now.

Life long Du Page County resident
February 26, 2017


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