Police Officer Eric Cecil Barker, Sr.

Police Officer Eric Cecil Barker, Sr.

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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Eric Cecil Barker, Sr.

Police Officer Eric Barker and Police Officer Ricky Bryant were shot and killed while working an off-duty, uniformed security detail at an apartment complex in Decatur.

Both officers were patrolling the 176-unit apartment complex when they received a report of a suspicious person at 4371 Glenwood Road. When they arrived at the location a struggle resulted with the suspect who managed to gain control of one of their service weapons and opened fire, killing both officers.

A tow truck driver who happened across the scene called 911 approximately 10 minutes later.

The suspect was apprehended several days later after he was turned in by his girlfriend. He was charged with two counts of felony murder and possession of a gun by a convicted felon. He was found guilty on October 12th, 2012, and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Barker was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 2351
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

secondary employment, suspicious person

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That next day was the hardest day ever to go to work. Feeling in someway like the area didnt deserve our service for what happened but still we showed up. Sadly I worked the 60's and even grew up in that area. My heart still pours out for the families!! Your legacies will carry on!!

MJ Sonny
Dekalb PD

November 21, 2019

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