CAYCE, S.C. (WCBD/WBTW/AP) — A police officer in the Lexington County city of Cayce was shot and killed early Sunday morning after responding to a domestic disturbance, and the suspect died later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to SLED.
Officer Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr was shot and killed just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday when a suspect, later identified as Austin Leigh Henderson, 36, opened fire as three officers arrived, the State Law Enforcement Division said in a news release late Sunday afternoon.
Henderson had barricaded himself inside a residence during a seven-hour standoff with law enforcement, SLED said.
“Information gathered in the SLED investigation of the incident will be summarized in a case file
report,” SLED said. “This is an ongoing investigation. As such, no other information about the case will be
disclosed by SLED at this time.”
“Our hearts are breaking in Cayce,” Mayor Elise Partin told reporters. “Officer Drew Barr has been an important part of the Cayce family since 2016.”
Cayce’s police chief visited the Barr family at the hospital Sunday morning. The city just west of Columbia has about 14,000 residents.
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune was among many who extended condolences on Sunday.
“On behalf of our entire city, I send our heartfelt prayers to the City of Cayce,” Bethune said on Twitter. “We all know too well the pain and trauma of losing one of our own. We stand with you and offer our sincerest condolences and assistance.”
The Conway Police Department also offered condolences on Twitter.
“Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, our brothers and sisters of City of Cayce Police Department and the community as they mourn the loss of Officer Drew Barr.”
The Bennettsville and Dillon police departments, the Georgetown and Marion county sheriff’s offices and North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue also posted condolences online.
Barr survived a shooting in 2017 while working as a trainee. He received a purple heart medal that year, according to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. The gunman in that case is serving a total of 30 years in state and federal sentences.
He became a K-9 officer in 2018 and partnered with a black Labrador retriever named Molly.