Officer Douglas Scott Barney, 44
Unified Police Department, Greater Salt Lake Utah
January, 17, 2016 – Officer Doug Barney was shot and killed while attempting to assist a man and woman who were involved in an automobile crash. As he approached the couple the male suspect pulled a handgun and shot Officer Barney in the head, fatally wounding him.
When other officers arrived the male suspect engaged them in an intensive shootout where he was killed and another officer was wounded. The woman fled the scene and is still at large.
Officer Barney is survived by his wife and three children.
Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr., 34
Danville Ohio Police Department
January 17, 2016 – Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. was shot and killed by ambush.
A female called the police department to warn them of her ex-boyfriend’s plan to kill a police officer. She stated he was out and he was armed.
After not being able to reach Officer Cottrell on the radio a search for him was initiated. A half-hour later, his body was located behind the village municipal building. His service weapon and patrol vehicle were missing. The suspect was arrested later that night.
Correctional Officer Adam Conrad, 22
Marion County Illinois Sheriff’s Office
January 20, 2016 – Correctional Officer Adam Conrad was killed in a vehicle crash while transporting a prisoner. He was driving in snowy conditions when his vehicle lost control and crossed the median where it was struck by a tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction. The prisoner, a juvenile, survived the crash.
Officer Conrad is survived by his parents and brother.