Officer Eugene Barker

Officer Eugene Barker

Newport Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Tuesday, April 22, 1884

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Eugene Barker

Officer Eugene Barker was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had just shot and wounded another man. As Officer Barker opened the door to a saloon the suspect was hiding in he was shot in the face.

The 22-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. In 1906 he was pardoned by Governor George H. Utler.

Officer Barker was survived by his wife and adopted child.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Pardoned in 1906

arrest attempt

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Officer Barker,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Newport.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 23, 2024

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