Detective Edward J. Barney

Detective Edward J. Barney

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, August 7, 1930

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Edward J. Barney

Detective Edward Barney was shot and killed at 3:19 p.m. while raiding a liquor stash with other officers.

The officers had received a tip that the stash was being guarded by two men at a home at 1511 Pasadena Street. When they arrived at the home, the two suspects opened fire with a machine gun, killing Detective Barney.

One of the suspects, who was wanted for a double murder in Pennsylvania, was killed in the return gunfire.

Detective Barney was a United States Navy WWI veteran and had served with the Detroit Police Department for five years, assigned to the 10th Precinct. He was survived by his wife and four-year-old son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2036
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Machine gun
  • Offender Shot and killed

alcohol violation

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RIP Detective Barney, it's been a very long time, but you won't be forgotten. I am working desk security at # 10 platoon 1 and was looking at your picture that is posted above the desk. I was curious to learn more about you. Thank you for serving in our military and for Detroit Police. May God bless you and any surviving immediate family, including your son.

Officer Espitia
Tenth Pct.

Officer Espitia
Detroit Police

September 24, 2023

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