Cayce Police Officer Fatally Shot In The Line Of Duty

Drew Barr

CAYCE, S.C.– Cayce Police say, Officer Drew Barr, 28, was killed in the line of duty during a shooting, Sunday, April 24th.

Officers responded to a call on Rossmore Road near 12th Street Extension at approximately 2 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found a man in the front yard of the residence and began to approach him when gunshots were fired from inside the house, according to a news release.

Officers say one of the shots struck and killed Officer Barr.

Columbia Police Department negotiators attempted to resolve the domestic disturbance peacefully however, after a seven-hour stand-off, the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Austin Henderson, took his own life.

Chief Cowan released a statement in regards to Barr’s death:

“He was dedicated. He was married to this profession. He didn’t have children. He didn’t have a wife. He was married to this profession,” said Cowan. “He cared about nothing else other than serving his community. And he was shot and killed this morning for no reason. There was no call for it. There was no reason for it. It was inexcusable.”