Officer Larry Barkwell

Officer Larry Barkwell

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, June 19, 1973

Add to My Heroes

Larry Barkwell

Officer Larry Barkwell was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance.

Officer Barkwell was attacked along with other officers by several members of a religious cult who had been harassing pedestrians who refused to buy their sect’s magazine. They gained control of his weapon, a Smith and Wesson .38, and shot him twice in the back. The group was charged with simple battery. The shooter was later killed while being evicted and another officer, Deputy Marshal David Larry Folds of the Fulton County Marshal's Department was killed in that incident.

Officer Barkwell was a U.S Air Force Veteran and had served with the Atlanta Police Department for five years and only two weeks after being assigned to a newly-created downtown foot patrol. He had also been a Captain with the Powder Springs Police Department for five and a half years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, son, and stepson.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1995
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Later killed by another officer


Most Recent Reflection

View all 31 Reflections

It’s fast approaching the 51 anniversary of your death

Linda Barkwell. Wife
Marietta Police Department

April 28, 2024

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.