Cayce officer killed after suspect opened fire

CAYCE, SC (WCBD) – A Cayce officer was killed early Sunday morning after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

According to the Cayce Police Department, three officers arrived at a home on Rossmore Road just after 2:30 a.m. to find a man in the front yard.

When officers made contact with the man, shots were fired from inside the house.

Cayce PSO Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr was killed as a result.

“He loved his job and he made the ultimate sacrifice,” Cayce Police Chief Chris Cowan said.

Barr, 28, was a firefighter, paramedic and police officer. He came to Cayce PD in 2016. In 2020 he was promoted to the K-9 unit with his dog Molly.

“He cared about nothing but serving this community,” Chief Cowan said. “He had no children, he had no wife. He was married to this profession.

Barr had previously been shot as a trainee in 2017. He received a purple heart that year, according to the general’s office.

Cayce PD had the support of “every law enforcement agency in this area”, at the scene this morning.

The crews remained on the scene for seven hours to negotiate a peaceful resolution.

Eventually, the suspect committed suicide.

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