Riverdale police Maj. Greg ‘Lem’ Barney was helping Clayton County police officers serve a no-knock warrant at the Villages on the River Apartment Homes about 11:30 a.m. Thursday when chaos unfolded.
Jerand Ross, 24, is accused of shooting and killing Barney, a 25-year-veteran of the Riverdale Police Department.
Here’s more about Barney.
BORN: Lawnside, N.J.
PERSONAL: Married to Lisa.
CHILDREN: Robert and Greg, 15-year-old twin boys.
PROFESSIONAL: Started career as a junior firefighter, then rose to position of captain of the ambulance squad. After relocating to Georgia, Barney briefly worked as a deputy for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Riverdale Police Department in 1990.
Over the next two decades, he advanced through the ranks. He was a school resource officer at Riverdale High School, a sergeant and a captain. At the time of his death, he was commander of the department’s support services division.
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