Major Greg "Lem" Barney
Riverdale Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 11, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Todd Spivey
Riverdale Police Department
6690 Church Street
Riverdale, GA 30274
Phone: (770) 909-5423
Major Greg Barney was shot and killed while assisting members of the Clayton County Police Department at an apartment complex in the 6600 block of Church Street.
Major Barney, who was not wearing a vest, was assigned to the perimeter while other officers served a warrant at an apartment. When officers knocked on the door the subject ran out of a back door and encountered Major Barney. The subject shot Major Barney in the torso and arm as he continue to flee. A Clayton County officer confronted and shot the subject a short distance away.
Major Barney was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to the wound.
Major Barney was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Riverdale Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and children.
A suburban Atlanta police officer was shot twice and killed while serving a warrant at an apartment complex Thursday morning, cops said.
Riverdale, Ga., police Maj. Greg (Lem) Barney and Clayton County officers were serving a drug warrant at the Villages on the River apartments when a suspect opened fire, Clayton County police Chief Michael Register told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The officer’s death marks the second cop fatally shot on duty Thursday and the fifth killed this week across the country.
The gunman took off for the back door when officers knocked at his Church St. apartment about 11:15 a.m., police said. He shot Barney, who was stationed there, and tried to flee before a Clayton County officer critically wounded him, according to cops.
The suspect’s name had not been disclosed Thursday afternoon. Register announced about 2:15 p.m. that Barney had succumbed to his injuries despite emergency surgery at Southern Regional Medical Center, WSB-TV reported.
Police said a suspect in a drug warrant tried to flee out the back door and shot an officer who was stationed there.
"I think it’s a difficult time for everybody. You know, law enforcement, the officer’s family, the community. Any time something like this happens, it’s just sad," Register said. "When one officer falls, we all fall."
Officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation joined the other law enforcement agencies at the scene. Mike Martin, who served as a Riverdale municipal judge for 18 years, wrote in a Facebook post that area officers "lost a good one today while he was simply doing his job" and said Barney had been a "constant presence" in his court as a bailiff and witness.
"He was the total professional," Martin wrote. "Thoughts and prayers to his wife and children, who I understand were at the hospital when he died. Rest in peace my friend."
Meanwhile, police in Fargo, N.D., have said Officer Jason Moszer will not survive his wounds from an early morning standoff with a domestic violence suspect. The gunman exchanged rounds with a SWAT team in an 11-hour standoff before he was shot and killed, cops said.
Police chief David Todd said the family of Moszer, 33, was "saying goodbye to him" at a hospital Thursday afternoon.
Two Harford County, Md., sheriff’s deputies were gunned down a day earlier on a disturbance call at a crowded Abingdon Panera Bread Co., officials said. The gunman, who had two warrants out for his arrest, was later shot and killed, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a somber news conference.
Gahler had spoken with the deputies’ families and told reporters, "There’s no words to describe what they’re going through right now."
Mesa County, Colo., sheriff’s deputy Derek Geer was taken off life support after Sheriff Henry Stoffel said a 17-year-old boy had opened fire on him, The Denver Post reported. Geer tried to subdue the gunman with a stun gun but he ran away and shot Geer, according to Stoffel.
The Navy veteran and 15-year cop’s wife, Kate Geer, released a statement to the Post.
"Our hearts are broken, as we begin the process of grieving the tremendous loss of Derek, our husband, father, son and friend," she said. "The love and support that has been poured out to our family over the last 24 hours is humbling; the gratitude for Derek’s sacrifice and the compassion from this community is a reminder of the good in this world."