Outrage over bond set for cop shooting suspect

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Moncks Corner's police chief said he's outraged at the bond amount set for the man accused of shooting one of his officers.

Dominique Barr, 18 is charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting Wednesday that grazed the leg of Moncks Corner Police Officer Shane Judy.

Investigators say Barr allegedly shot Judy after the suspect ran from the scene of a traffic accident in Goose Creek.

"If someone shot at the judge or one of his family member, what kind of bond would he have set?" said Moncks Corner Police Chief Chad Caldwell.

Betty Bell is the widow of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Bell's husband, Summerville Officer William Bell and Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Gene Wright were killed in November, 2002 when they were run over while changing a flat tire for a stranded motorist.

Betty Bell believes the bond for Barr is too low.

"If you shoot at an officer, you ought to go to jail and you ought to stay there, there should be no bond," said Bell. "His family could have been in the same situation I'm in, fighting to keep a cop killer in jail."

In a phone interview, Berkeley County Magistrate James Polk explained why he set Barr's bond at $30,000.

"You have to decide based on what's presented at the bond hearing and based on flight risk and threat," Polk said. "I can't make decision based on public opinion."

As part of the bond conditions, Barr must remain under house arrest unless he goes to school, work or the doctor.

He is scheduled to graduate from Goose Creek High School next month.

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