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Video: Utah Officer Fatally Shot in Head Responding to Accident

January 17, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Utah Officer Fatally Shot in Head Responding to Accident

A Utah police officer was shot and killed while responding to a traffic accident Sunday, and the suspect reportedly wounded another officer before being fatally shot, reports KSTU.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder identified the deceased officer as 44-year-old Douglas Scott Barney, an 18-year veteran of the Unified and Taylorsville police departments and a father of three who worked in the Holladay Precinct.

Barney was responding to a traffic accident around 10:00 a.m., where a man and woman were observed leaving the scene of the crash after fleeing from one of the vehicles involved.

Winder said as Barney approached the pair, the male turned and fired at Barney, striking him in the head. Barney was taken to a hospital, where he later died of his wounds.

Officer Jon Richey of the Unified (UT) Police Department was wounded.
Officer Jon Richey of the Unified (UT) Police Department was wounded.

The suspect reportedly shot at other responding officers who confronted him and returned fire. Barney's fellow Unified Police Department officer Jon Richey, 51, was struck three times and was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition, reports KTLA.

The male suspect was killed in the gunfight. He has been identified as 31-year-old Cory Lee Henderson. The female he was with fled the scene, and so far she has only been identified as a white female with blonde hair. She has been called a person of interest.

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plato's playdough @ 1/18/2016 7:16 PM

Henderson’s criminal history includes arrests for drugs, weapons, assault and theft. He was convicted of possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015. He was imprisoned for possession of a firearm by a restricted person in 2014 and was jailed on parole violations in November and December last year.

Court documents show he was released to the Fortitude Treatment Center on December 7, 2015.

He was also wanted by the state for a probation violation and possession or transfer of a firearm by a fugitive, according to court records.

One more example of a felon in non-compliance with existing gun laws.

Indydep @ 1/20/2016 5:17 AM

What a savage, should been thrown under jail, but I guess because he has certain rights he was allowed to be released, and now a fellow brother was killed and another one wounded. Wow, I don't here President Obama being blamed for this, or anyone calling him a thug or a savage. I guess its because thugs and savages don't live in Utah. The point is criminals come from every race, color and creed. Anytime a LEO is killed its hurts, and stirs up anger toward the individual(s) that crossed that line. This is a society issue and unless we unite and quit playing the blame game, and start getting after these knuckleheads who are wreaking havic in our world we will be continue to be behind the curve.

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