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Cayce police say one of their officers was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning while on a call for duty. The suspect in the situation is also dead, officials now say, after a several-hour standoff.
Officers confirmed shortly after 7 a.m. that Cayce PSO, Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr, 28, was killed in the incident.
“Our officer made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe,” Cayce Police Chief Chris Cowan said.
“All of our Cayce officers, our Cayce team, and our Cayce citizens mourn with the family of Officer Barr,” added Cayce Mayor Elise Partin.
At 2:48 a.m. m., officers say they received a domestic disturbance call at a home on Rossmore Drive, less than a mile from the 12th Street Extension. Three officers responded to the scene and made contact with the man who was in the front yard, according to Cowan. At that point, Cowan said officers came out from inside the house and punched Officer Barr.
At some point, police say the suspect opened fire, shooting Barr. “I hadn’t called for it, there was no reason for it,” Cowan said. “It was inexcusable.”
Cowan said multiple agencies responded to the scene. Columbia police negotiators worked for seven hours to reach a peaceful resolution, Cowan said, but ultimately the suspect, Austin Henderson, 36, of Cayce, took his own life.
Cowan said that Barr had been with the agency since 2016 and had been in the K-9 unit since 2020. He had no spouse or children.
Barr also worked as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.
“He was committed to this community and cared about nothing but serving this community,” Cowan said.