According to the officers, three policemen went to the scene and contacted the suspect.
CAYCE, SC – Casey Police say one of their officers was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning during a call-up. According to officers, the suspect in this situation is also dead after hours of confrontation.
Officers confirmed immediately after 7 a.m. that 28-year-old Roy Andrew “Drew” Bar had died in the incident.
“Our officer has made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe,” said Casey Police Chief Chris Cowen.
“All of our Casey officers, our Casey team and our Casey citizens are grieving along with Officer Barr’s family,” Casey Mayor Eliza Partin added.
At 2:48 a.m. officers said they had been called because of domestic unrest at a house on Rosmore Drive, less than a mile from 12th Street. According to Cowen, three officers went to the scene and made contact with a man who was in the yard. At that moment, Cowen said someone from the house had fired when he hit Officer Bar.
“There was no call for that, there was no reason,” Cowen said. “It was unforgivable.”
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Cowen said several agencies responded to the scene. Cowen said negotiators with Colombian police worked for seven hours to reach a peaceful solution, but the suspect, 36-year-old Austin Henderson of Casey, committed suicide.
Cowen said Bar has worked for the agency since 2016 and has worked in the K-9 unit since 2020. He had no husband or children.
The bar also worked as a volunteer firefighter and paramedic.
“He was committed to this community and he cared about nothing but serving this community,” Cowen said.