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Family of fallen Riverdale police officer: 'We will miss him dearly'

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- The family of a Riverdale Police officer killed in the line of duty has released a statement.

Riverdale Police Major Greg Barney was killed Thursday after being shot while assisting officers serve a no-knock warrant at an apartment.

Barney's family issued a statement Friday saying: 
"As you can imagine, our hearts are heavy with the sudden passing of our dear Greg. He loved his job and took great pride in protecting and serving the City of Riverdale. We sincerely appreciate all of your prayers, words of encouragement, and reflections. We also thank you for respecting our privacy during this sensitive time. Greg was a great husband, loving father to twin boys and a caring friend. We will miss him dearly." 

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Police: Bulletproof vest would have covered area of fatal gunshot wound

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Riverdale Police have revealed new details about a no-warrant raid that resulted in the death of a police officer.

Riverdale Police say that Major Greg Barney was one of two police officers who did not wear a bulletproof vest to the raid at the Villages on the River apartment complex on Thursday.

Officer's death points to dangers of no-knock warrants

RIVERDALE, Ga. – The death of a Riverdale police officer points out the dangers of no knock search warrants. 

Riverdale Police Major Greg Barney died Thursday after being shot twice while assisting officers serve a warrant at an apartment.

While every facet of law enforcement comes with some kind of risk, trying to get into the home of a potential drug dealer or convicted felon can certainly up the stakes. 

GBI identifies suspect in fatal Riverdale officer shooting

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- The man accused of fatally shooting a Riverdale police officer has been identified. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that 24-year-old Jerand Ross shot Major Greg Barney as officers attempted to serve a no-knock warrant at the Villages on the River apartment on Thursday.

According to the GBI, when officers made entry into the apartment, Ross ran out of a back door. Barney gave chase and was shot twice. 

Ross was struck in the head and transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he's currently being treated for injuries.

Barney was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries. 

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Community and police pay tribute to fallen officer

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Major Greg Barney is now a statistic, the sixth police officer killed in the line of duty in this country in the past few days. But after serving the community in Riverdale for more than two decades, it is very clear he was much more than that.

Police officer dies after being shot in Riverdale

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A Riverdale police officer shot to death at an apartment complex on Thursday has been identified.

The incident happened at the Villages on the River apartment complex off of Church Street. Officers from Riverdale and Clayton County police departments were serving a no-knock warrant. Police said the suspect ran out of the back door of the apartment and opened fire, striking the Riverdale officer.

A Clayton County officer then shot the suspect.

The officer, identified as Greg Barney, was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center in critical condition. He was taken into surgery, according to Clayton County Fire Battalion Chief David Vasquez. He later died, officials announced. 


Riverdale officer fatal shooting: What we know so far

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- A veteran Riverdale police officer has died after being shot at an apartment complex Thursday. Here's what we know so far:

WHEN AND WHERE: The incident happened at the Villages on the River apartment complex, located at 6603 Church St. in Riverdale around 11:30 a.m.