Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood assisted Chief Wolf in congratulating Officer Barber for risking his own life in order to prevent the loss of an innocent civilian and to apprehend an armed suspect.
Officer Barber’s heroic act occurred on October 10, 2011, at approximately 1:25 a.m. He responded to a dispatch call about a robbery in progress at Quik Trip, located at 7400 North Lindbergh Boulevard. While in route to the crime scene, he was advised that the suspect had a store employee on the floor and was holding a shotgun.
When he arrived, Officer Barber met up with Officer Lloyd who had taken up a position in front of the store. He observed that the suspect did have a double-barreled shotgun in his possession and was aiming it at the store clerk. Officer Lloyd also told him that the suspect had secured the front doors with a heavy black cord to prevent anyone from entering the premises.
Officer Barber, fearing for the employee’s safety, entered the store and confronted the suspect by order him to drop the weapon. The suspect complied and was taken into custody without further incident.
Upon further investigation of the case, it was determined that Officer Barber’s heroic actions met the criteria for being awarded the Distinguished Service Citation Medal of Valor. He placed his own life at risk in an effort to apprehend an armed and dangerous suspect, and to prevent injury or the loss of life to the store clerk.