Patrolman Barnes was shot and killed while he and two other officers attempted to apprehend a burglary suspect at a local store. Patrolman Barnes was covering the front door as the other two officers covered the rear. The suspect attempted to leave through the front and shot Patrolman Barnes in the neck as he fled. The other two officers chased after the suspect after hearing the shots but the man was able to evade them. Patrolman Barnes was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound 15 minutes later. Patrolman Barnes, a World War I veteran, had been with the agency for two years.