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Army: Soldier Shot Dead by Utah Police Deserted

Associated Press

August 30, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Army says the soldier who shot a Salt Lake City police officer in the leg was being sought as a deserter.

Police returned fire Friday and killed Brandon S. Barrett, who was in military fatigues and heavily armed on a busy downtown intersection.

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash., is releasing details about Barrett’s background.

Maj. Jenny Willis told the Deseret News of Salt Lake City and The News Tribune of Tacoma that Barrett was from Tucson, Ariz., where his father is declining comment.

Willis says Barrett joined the armed forces almost four years ago but disappeared July 20. He was initially classified as absent without leave. Then, on Aug. 19, the Army obtained a federal warrant accusing Barrett of being a deserter.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    A deserted soldier shot dead by police. Suicide by cop?

  • Pl28_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    It doesn’t mention PTSD as a factor. And i think PTSD is an escape goat for a lot of solders. (I know some of you guys just got mad). But PTSD is bad and is real but a lot o9f soldiers now a days use it as an escape goat. Thinking they can do what ever because they have PTSD. PTSD is real and it does affect your daily mood but it shouldn't make you lazy or want to be armed to the teeth in the middle of an intersection. I used to be proud of the fact that I’m a war vet. But this war has put a big strain on the military and the quality of personnel they bring. They let felonies into the Army now. Felonies, that crazy.

  • 41st_division_regional_match_019_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I am currently serving in the Navy on a SSBN and manning is terrible. We get some real 'winners', too. Also, there are many types of screenings. Just because they screen under stress-free conditions doesn't mean that they will not fold under stress. When people are faced with certain situations, he or she doesn't even know how they will react until presented with it. This guy obviously went over the deep end and paid the price for it. I have attended some training when I was a DoD patrolman about how gang members will enlist in the Marines for minimum activity tour just for the training to take back to their gangs. People try to stop it from happening, but anything can fall through the cracks.

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    about 4 years ago


    BUMP PSD , The Recruiters are just filling vacant holes with warm bodies in order to keep up the "Quota Requirements". War is "Big Business" for all suppliers including manpower !

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    yep. this has nothing to do with PTSD...this has entirely to do with the Army letting in too many people unfit, both morally and mentally, for military service. Too many criminals and individuals with existing mental illness being trained (and experienced in ) for combat by the Army. There really REALLY needs to be far more oversight of Army recruiters than there currently is. and there NEEDS to be a psyche test involved with getting into any of the 5 branches of the military. You have way too many bi-polar and schizophrenic individuals being trained for war who come home and WILL be a major problem for law enforcement.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    You got it all wrong:
    The Body (by itself) deserted after being shot dead by Police...

  • Ribbon_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Double bump MWF!!!

  • L_59fe72e99fa891e59f62e6ceb62eca88_max50


    about 4 years ago


    PTSD??? come one........I served my country and city, I know what PTSD is, I think it's as bad as the stress cards. I don't think PTSD will make a man heavily arm himself to the point where he/she cannot decifer right from wrong or friend from foe.

    Ummmmmm I'd have to agree....sounds like a fruitcake move to me. Just my .02

  • Dad_003_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Could it be this soldier sufferd from PTSD? Did he serve in combat? this is tragic and the whole story is not out. Think before you speak.

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    about 4 years ago


    He deserted and was still in fatigues after over a month? That's like someone breaking out of prison wearing clothes that are stamped LA County. This guy obviously was a fruitcake and mostlikely had a gun with him. Good job Blue Team

  • Does_this_ass_make_my_car_look_big_bumper_sticker-p128618847357252764tmn6_313_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    A coward who could not be a man.

  • Daddy_in_uniform_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Sad deal all the way around. I'm sure there is a lot more to this story than we are being shown.

  • Picture1_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bet he hadn't gone deserter now, huh? The general public would be amazed at the true number of soldiers that actualy go AWOL and deserter in the U.S. This is one whose case is now CLOSED!

  • 68296_1409406641622_1426144160_30885395_5544139_n_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I am compelled to post this story in my office. After all it is AWOL Apprehension.

  • Adp_max50


    about 4 years ago


    These headlines crack me up. Makes it sound as if police shot him, then deserted the body. Enjoy your time off, officer. Great job.

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