Police Officer Douglas Scott Barney, II

Police Officer Douglas Scott Barney, II

Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah

End of Watch Sunday, January 17, 2016

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Douglas Scott Barney, II

Police Officer Doug Barney was shot and killed after responding to an accident near the intersection of 4500 South and 2300 East, in Holladay, shortly after 10:00 am.

Upon arriving at the scene he observed a man and woman who had been involved in the crash walking away from the vehicles. As he attempted to make contact with the pair the male subject produced a handgun and shot him in the head, fatally wounding him.

Other responding officers located the subject on a nearby street minutes later. An intense shootout occurred in which the man was killed and another officer was wounded. The female fled the scene but was found and interviewed; no charges were filed. It was later determined that the male subject had an extensive criminal history with active state and federal arrest warrants.

Officer Barney was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served in law enforcement for 18 years and was assigned to the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake's Holladay Precinct. Officer Barney was working overtime that day to help pay for his bladder cancer treatment.

He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 96K
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Fallen Utah officer honored on 5th anniversary of death

Posted on January 17th 2021

Five years ago today, Unified Police Officer Doug Barney was killed in the line of duty.

On Jan. 17, 2016, Barney was shot and killed while investigating a traffic crash near 2160 E. 4500 South in Holladay.

The Unified Police Department released a tribute video on Facebook honoring Barney's service followed by a live radio broadcast from the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center.

Utah's Fallen also tweeted a memorial image that states, "Today we honor the life & ultimate sacrifice of Officer Douglas Barney."

Barney was an 18 year veteran of law enforcement. He left behind a wife and three children.

Officer Barney worked night security for KUTV 2News.

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January 18, 2021

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