St. Petersburg Police officer Wayne Barry was the third officer killed in the line of duty in the department's history.
St. Petersburg, FL - Monday, January 24, 2011 two St. Petersburg Police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty. That brings the total number of officers killed within the department to 14.
According to the city of St. Petersburg's website, the third officer killed in the line of duty was Officer Wayne Barry. On May 23, 1929 Officer Barry and another officer were assigned to a moonshine liquor investigation in the area of Merrill Avenue (now Arlington Avenue North). While the officers were conducting a stakeout to observe an expected delivery of contraband, a burglar broke into a nearby home and shot the resident. The officers heard the shot and saw the suspect run from the rear of the house. While they were pursuing him on foot, the man shot and killed Barry.