One of the first police officers on the scene of the beheading of a young man aboard a Greyhound bus on a Manitoba highway six years ago has taken his own life.
Ken Barker, a recently retired RCMP corporal who was a dog handler, killed himself last weekend after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder for years, Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Family and former colleagues say the 51-year-old had already seen almost two decades of horrific crimes when he witnessed the grisly scene on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg in 2008.
Barker’s family say they’re speaking out about the suicide in the hope more Mounties will seek help.
The January 28 incident that prompted the policy change left two drug suspects identified as Dennis and Rhogena Tuttle dead, and five undercover narcotics officers wounded in a gun battle.