Officer Joselito Barber
EOW: August 13, 2006
On Sunday, August 13, 2006, at 4:09 AM, East Precinct Officer Joselito Barber was on routine patrol in the Central District. While entering the intersection of Yesler Street and 23rd Avenue on a green light, at approximately 4:00 am, a speeding SUV ran the red light and collided with his patrol car. The driver of the SUV was traveling at an estimated 80 mph on a city street.
Officer Barber was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He was 26 years old.
The driver of the vehicle was wanted on four warrants, including a DUI warrant, when she ran the red light and struck Officer Barber's patrol car. She pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in September 2007 and was sentenced to serve 20 years in November 2007.
A recent graduate of the police academy, Officer Barber was commissioned as a police officer on Jan 31, 2006. Officer "Lito" Barber was described by his family as loving his job as a police officer, and that joining the SPD was a realization of his goals. Friends remember him as kind-hearted and “always smiling.” Fellow officers remember Officer Barber as caring, conscientious and enthusiastic.