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Patrolman Lee E. Barta | Binghamton Police Department, New York Binghamton Police Department, New York


Lee E. Barta

Binghamton Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, August 3, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # 139

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Lee Barta was shot and killed while searching for a work release suspect. The suspect committed suicide after being surrounded in a house near the shooting site.

Patrolman Barta was survived by his expectant wife, son, and daughter. His second son was born eight months after his murder. One of his sons went on to become a Binghamton police officer.

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Just want you to know that my family and I have always kept you and your family in our hearts and prayers. I will never forget that day. I can't believe it's been 19 years. You would be so insanely proud of the amazing job your wife has done, raising your three beautiful children. I look up to her so much, and have since the day I met her. She defines strength, courage, love, dignity, and grace. Everyone always says how your children each have some of your very best features/qualities. - And they definitely do! It is so evident that you are living on, in all three of them. <3
One of my proudest moments, to date, was watching your oldest son, as he graduated the academy....and was pinned with your badge #139. He now works along side my husband, and I pray to God, every night to keep them, (and all our men and women in law enforcement) safe. I know you are always watching over them too. Thank you for that. <3
You will never be forgotten.... And always remembered, as a Hero. <3

L Kaz
Family Friend <3
September 17, 2014


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