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Slain Riverdale cop was shot 4 times

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- More information is coming out about how a police officer killed in the line of duty last week.

A press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said he was an "on-site supervisor who witnessed (the suspect) running from behind the apartment while the SWAT team made entry."

Preliminary findings from an autopsy report revealed Maj. Barney was shot a total of four times: the abdomen, arm, lower back and leg.

The injuries to the leg and lower back were discovered in the autopsy because they were not noticeable at the crime scene.

PHOTOS: Fallen Riverdale Police Major Greg Barney

Riverdale Police say that Ma.r 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.

Barney was killed in an exchange of gunfire when a suspect fled an apartment during the raid.

That suspect, 24-year-old Jerand Ross, was also shot and is recovering in the hospital. Ross faces murder charges in Maj Barney's death.

Assistant Police Chief Michael Reynolds said that Barney was one of three Riverdale Police officers who provided “assistance” in the raid. Two of them, including Barney, are on the police department's command staff. Reynolds said command staff routinely don't wear bulletproof vests, because they typically work behind desks.  


Details for public visitation for Maj. Greg Barney:

Public Visitation 1: 

Friday, Feb. 19
Time: 10AM-3PM
Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home
4347 Flat Shoals Pkwy
Decatur, GA 30034

Public Visitation 2:

Friday, Feb. 19
Time: 5PM-8PM
Riverdale Town Center
7210 Church St
Riverdale, GA 30274

The funeral services will be held on Saturday:

Saturday, February 20th
Time: 12PM
Saint Philip AME Church
240 Candler Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30317

He will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in College Park.


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