A Utah police officer was fatally shot Sunday by a suspect who was later killed by the police in a shootout. He became the first officer killed in line of duty for 2016.
Unified police officer Douglas Barney was killed after he was shot on Sunday morning in the suburb of Holladay, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said. Barney had a wife and three children, and had served in law enforcement for 18 years. According to the Officer Down Memorial page, he is the first officer to have been killed in the line of duty for 2016. In a statement, Utah Governor Gary Herbert said, “Today a husband and father left his wife and three children, put on a badge, and promised to return home,. On a day like today, we are reminded that we will never be able to thank them and their families enough for the sacrifices they have made.”
According to Yahoo News, Barney was involved in the search for Cory Lee Henderson who, along with a woman, was riding in a BMW that was involved in a car accident with another vehicle. The passengers of the other vehicle were also seriously injured. Police said that Henderson and the woman had fled.
Gunfire was exchanged between police and Henderson after he shot Barney. Officer Jon Richey was injured in the exchange, sustaining three gunshot wounds; he was shot twice in the legs and once in the torso, New York Daily News reports. Henderson was fatally shot on the scene. Richey was transported to the hospital where he underwent surgery and his condition was improving. “Officer Richey is a valued member of the Unified Police Department and we are grateful his condition is improving,” authorities added.
The woman who was with Henderson, described to be white and blond, remains at large. There are indications that she might be injured as she was spotted by witnesses stumbling and falling as she was escaping from the scene. She remains a person of interest, according to the police. “We do not know who she is as of yet,” Lt. Lex Bell said. “I understand she is a white female with blonde hair, and that’s about all that I have.”
Henderson, who had outstanding federal and state arrest warrants, had a prior criminal record. As of Saturday, he was being sought by Metro Gang Task Force, as reported by KUTV.