Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah
End of Watch: Sunday, January 17, 2016
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 Sunday.
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 and remains at large. It was later determined that the male subject had an extensive criminal history with active state and federal arrest warrants.
Officer Barney had served in law enforcement for 18 years and was assigned to the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake’s Holladay Precinct. He was survived by his wife and three children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff James Winder
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake
3365 South 900 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Phone: (801) 743-7000
Officer Barney is the first officer killed in the line of duty in 2017. SUnday was deadly as another officer in Ohio was shot and killed early Monday morning in Knox County, Ohio. Officer Thomas Cottrell was found behind a municipal building with his service revolved and patrol car missing. He was found a short time after a female caller, called police and told them her ex-boyfriend left and said he was going to kill an officer. The shooter was located a short time later and arrested after a foot chase.