Patrol Sergeant Roger E. Barrett

Patrol Sergeant Roger E. Barrett

Waco Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, June 12, 1976

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Roger E. Barrett

Sergeant Roger Barrett was stabbed and shot to death while attempting to arrest a subject who had just stabbed another man at the local bus station.

The subject stabbed Sergeant Barrett and then began to struggle with him. The man was able to gain control of Sergeant Barrett's service weapon and shot him. The suspect was originally convicted of capital murder but the sentence was commuted to life in prison.

The 60-year-old suspect was denied parole for the ninth time on May 29, 2014. His next parole hearing will be in May of 2017.

Sergeant Barrett had served with the Waco Police Department for 18 years.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

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Dear Brother Roger, today as a Dallas Police Officer is laid to rest I remember you as well. I was just a young man of 18 years old when the news of your tragedy rang out across the city of Waco, TX.
The news spread like wildfire. I had the privilege of knowing you from a Christian standpoint of life. You were a person of big stature yet a God fearing man with a meek and humble heart. Never quick to temper. My father preached your funeral and he was heartbroken. He delivered a message that day "that whosoever believeth in HIM (GOD) should not perish but have everlasting life " knowing that you had entered those gates.
You led by example. Rest in Peace.

Wesley Adams

May 1, 2018

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