Corporal Kevin Weadock Barleycorn

Corporal Kevin Weadock Barleycorn

University of Arizona Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, August 24, 1990

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Kevin Weadock Barleycorn

Corporal Kevin Barleycorn was inadvertently shot and killed by a fellow officer in the courtyard of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the intersection of E 6th Street and N Cherry Avenue.

Corporal Barleycorn was struggling with a subject who had brandished a firearm toward officers at a fraternity party. Another officer fired at the subject just as Corporal Barleycorn was tackling him. The round passed through the subject's arm and 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.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

crossfire, weapons violation

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I was assigned to Kevin for F.TO on the midnight shift on August 23, 1990, because my regular F.T.O had sustained a broken thumb backing-up our Sergeant the night before. To me Kevin, was the epitome of the quiet professional. He did not have to yell or show anger to get his point across. He trained police officers to work with common sense and simplicity. As an example, after reading one of my reports, Kevin told me “Don’t be so verbose”, write what you mean and keep it simple. I carried this advise with me my entire career. In the morning, at the end of the shift, Kevin told me “Good job, enjoy your weekend”. As we all know, being on F.T.O can be a stressful time full of anxiety. Reflecting back on Kevin’s last words to me, I know it was Kevin’s way of easing my anxiety. That’s the type of leader Kevin was. Kevin displayed and possessed tremendous potential. I want the new officers and the other UAPD officers to know that Corporal Barleycorn is much more than just a name on a memorial.

Lieutenant Juan Alvarez (Ret.)
University of Arizona Police Department

August 22, 2021

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