Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 7 months
Badge # 6897
Cause: Vehicular assault
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Offender: Sentenced to 20 years
Officer Joselito Barber was killed when his patrol car was broadsided by the driver of a vehicle traveling at an estimated 80 mph on a city street.
His vehicle was struck at the intersection of Yesler Street and 23rd Avenue at approximately 4:00 am.
The driver of the vehicle was wanted on four warrants, including a DUI warrant, when she ran the red light and struck Officer Barber's patrol car. She pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in September 2007 and was sentenced to serve 20 years in November 2007.
Officer Barber had graduated from the police academy only 5 months earlier. He is survived by his fiancee, mother, father, step-mother, brother, and sister. He is buried at Washington Memorial Park in Seatac, Washington.