Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # 5987
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Offender: Sentenced to 18 years
Officer Michael Barwick was killed in an automobile accident at 0220 hours during a vehicle pursuit of a stolen car.
The pursuit started after Officer Barwick and his partner, Officer Jenna Christian, spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it. During the pursuit, a minivan collided with Officer Barwick's patrol car at 25th Street and St. Louis Avenue. The collision caused the patrol car to go airborne, land on its side, and burst into flames. Other units stopped and pulled Officer Barwick and Officer Christian from the vehicle. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Officer Barwick succumbed to his injuries.
Other officers chased the vehicle off and on for over an hour. The driver and its passenger were both finally apprehended and were both charged with felony murder in connection with Officer Barwick's death. The suspect driving the car was convicted of the charges in September 2003 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. The suspect in the passenger seat was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Officer Barwick had been a member of the St. Louis Police Department for two years, and was assigned to the 4th District.