Correctional Officer Edgar A. Barr

Correctional Officer Edgar A. Barr

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, March 19, 1917

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Edgar A. Barr

Correctional Officer Edgar Barr was stabbed to death at the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.

He had been involved in an altercation with an inmate earlier in the day over a pair of shoes he stole from another inmate. The inmate obtained a wood chisel, hid it in his coat, and then went and located Officer Barr. As he approached Officer Barr another argument ensued, and as Officer Barr raised his club to defend himself, the inmate stabbed him in the chest with the chisel.

The 29-year-old inmate had been in prison since 1910 serving a 25 year sentence for the murder of a man in Nome, Alaska. He was convicted of Officer Barr's murder and sentenced to death. In 1919 he received a new trial and was sentenced to life. He died at the Federal Penitentiary in LA Tuna, Texas, on June 6, 1955.

Officer Barr was survived by his wife.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Chisel
  • Offender Died in prison in 1955

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time can ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 19, 2021

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