Police Officer Michael Janson Barwick

Photo of Police Officer Michael Janson Barwick
End of Watch: Thu, Aug 29th, 2002
Date of Incident: Thu, Aug 29th, 2002
Cause of Death: Motor Vehicle Accident (Pursuit)
Service Time: 2 years
Age: 27


Officer Michael Barwick was killed in an automobile accident at 0220 hours during a vehicle pursuit of a stolen car.

During the pursuit, a minivan collided with Officer Barwick's patrol car at 25th Street and St. Louis Avenue. The collision caused the patrol car to go airborne, land on its side, and burst into flames. Both Officer Barwick and his partner were pulled from the wreckage and transported to the hospital where Officer Barwick succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the stolen vehicle and his passenger were both apprehended and were both charged with felony murder in connection with Officer Barwick's death. The suspect driving the car was convicted of the charges in September 2003 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. The suspect in the passenger seat was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Patch
1200 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 231-1212


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