Corporal Kevin Weadock Barleycorn

Corporal Kevin Weadock Barleycorn

University of Arizona Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, August 24, 1990

Kevin Weadock Barleycorn

Corporal Barleycorn was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer. Corporal Barleycorn was struggling with a suspect at a fraternity party who had brandished a gun at the officers. Another officer fired at the suspect just as Corporal Barleycorn was tackling him and the round passed through the suspect's arm and then struck Corporal Barleycorn between the panels of his vest.

Corporal Barleycorn is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, mother, four brothers, and two sisters.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Dear Corporal Barleycorn,

I was at the fraternity party that night in 1990 during a visit with friends who attended U of A. Everything seemed to happen in a flash, but the police took the threat seriously and, to our relief, arrived on the scene so very quickly. I gained a new respect that night for the split-second decisions that must be made and the constant danger in which law enforcement must find themselves all too often.

But the main message I would like to send is my undying gratitude for your bravery and sacrifice. It was almost 28 years ago now, but I will never forget the shock and terror of everyone lying on the floor inside the house, hearing gunshots just outside. You and your colleagues willingly took on this person who had threatened our safety. You didn't know us, and yet you laid down your life to protect us. I think of you from time to time, and will always be thankful for what you did...none of us who were there that night will ever forget. You are my hero.

Tina Carlson
Grateful Civilian

February 18, 2018

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