Cayce Police officer killed in shooting, suspect takes own life, police chief says

Published: Apr. 24, 2022 at 8:08 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 24, 2022 at 6:48 PM EDT
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CAYCE, S.C. (WCSC) - The suspect in an early-morning shooting that killed a Cayce Police officer died after taking his own life, the city’s police chief said at a Sunday morning news conference.

Cayce Police officer Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr, 28, died after being shot early Sunday morning while responding to a reported domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Rossmore Road at approximately 2:48 a.m., Police Chief Chris Cowan said.

Cowan said officers arrived on the scene and saw a man in the front yard of a home. As they were making contact, shots were fired from inside the home and one of those shots struck and killed Barr, Cowen said.

“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,” Cowan said. “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.”

Columbia Police Department negotiators attempted for seven hours to negotiate a peaceful resolution but the suspect ultimately the suspect took his own life, Cowan said.

The coroner’s office identified the suspect as a man named Austin Henderson, WIS reported.

“Our hearts are breaking in Cayce,” Mayor Elise Partin said earlier Sunday morning. “Officer Drew Barr has been an important part of the Cayce family since 2016. All of our Cayce officers, our Cayce team and our Cayce citizens mourn with Officer Barr’s family.”

Cowan asked the community to pray for Barr’s family and the department as it heals.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the gunman.

The State Law Enforcement Division says they have been called in by the Cayce Police Department to investigate the case.

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