Officer Homer Collins Barton

Officer Homer Collins Barton

Coral Gables Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, June 6, 1938

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Homer Collins Barton

Officer Homer Barton was shot and killed while serving a traffic warrant on a home's porch at 3771 Oak Avenue in Miami.

A suspect unrelated to the traffic warrant opened fire with a shotgun, without provocation, from the house across the street, striking Officer Barton. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect was apprehended after several Miami officers responded to the scene. He was executed in 1941.

Officer Barton had served with the Coral Gables Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1941


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