A Utah police officer has died and another seriously injured after being shot by a suspected fugitive on Sunday.
Unified Police Officers Douglas Barney, 45, and Jon Richey, 50, were responding to a call of a hit and run when the incident occurred. When they confronted the suspected party at fault, Cory Lee Henderson, 31, he fled on foot with the officers in pursuit.
As the officers entered a cul-de-sac, Henderson opened fire. Officer Barney was struck in the head and died on scene. Officer Richey was struck multiple times in the lower body and torso.
Officers returned fire and killed Henderson on scene. According to police, Henderson was wanted on federal warrants for weapons charges at the time of the shooting and was being pursued by a local gang task force.
Officer Richey was transported to a local hospital and his condition is improving, per reports.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert said of the loss of Officer Barney, “Today a husband and father left his wife and three children, put on a badge, and promised to return home. On a day like today, we are reminded that we will never be able to thank them and their families enough for the sacrifices they have made.”
Officer Barney is the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in 2016.
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