Police Officer Ricky L. Bryant, Jr.

Police Officer Ricky L. Bryant, Jr.

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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Ricky L. Bryant, Jr.

Police Officer Ricky Bryant and Police Officer Eric Barker 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 on 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 Bryant was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 2612
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

secondary employment, suspicious person

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May Officer Ricky Bryant Jr.'s soul forever rest in peace in Heaven. Officer Bryant and Officer Eric Cecil Barker, Sr. will never ever be forgotten. They were both Good Human Beings who only wanted to make life Better and Safer for the community they both served. May God bless their families forever.

First Sergeant Thomas M. Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

December 14, 2018

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