Patrolman George Gilbert Barton, Sr.

Patrolman George Gilbert Barton, Sr.

Independence Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, January 26, 1922

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George Gilbert Barton, Sr.

Patrolman George Barton was walking his beat on the Public Square at about 3:30 a.m. when he noticed a suspicious individual.

The man pulled out a Colt .45 and shot Patrolman Barton, who died two hours later at the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital.

The chief of police found the shooter near Main Street and Lexington Avenue and was met with a barrage of bullets, but returned fire and killed the man.

Patrolman Barton was survived by his wife and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Jackson County, Missouri.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Killed by another officer

suspicious person

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Patrolman Barton,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Independence. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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