Patrolman Lee E. Barta

Patrolman Lee E. Barta

Binghamton Police Department, New York

End of Watch Thursday, August 3, 1995

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Lee E. Barta

Patrolman Lee Barta was shot and killed while searching for a work release suspect. The suspect committed suicide after being surrounded in a house near the shooting site.

Patrolman Barta was a United States Marine Corps veteran, served with the Binghamton Police Department for four years, and previously served with the Broome County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his expectant wife, son, and daughter. His second son was born eight months after his murder. One of his sons went on to become a Binghamton police officer.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 139
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide


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I attended Lee’s funeral 27 years ago and today (08-24-22) for some reason I was thinking about him and his family. May he Rest In Peace and prayers for his family. God watch over them and bless them.

PO Ret. Michael Prince
City of Rochester (NY) Police Dept.

August 24, 2022

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