SPD Officer Joselito Barber was killed when his patrol car was broadsided by the driver of a vehicle traveling at an estimated 80 mph on a city street.
His vehicle was struck at the intersection of Yesler Street and 23rd Avenue at approximately 4:00 am.
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.
Officer Barber attended St. Paul School in South Seattle. He went onto O'Dea High School graduated from The University of Washington. He then graduated from the police academy only 6 months prior to his end of watch.