Officer Shot At Santa Fe School Has Ties To North Texas

Kristin Weisell
May 21, 2018 - 5:24 am
Santa Fe Shooting

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Santa Fe ISD police officer shot during the massacre last week has ties to North Texas, and is being hailed as a hero. 

Officer John Barnes can never forget where he started his career. How could he? It's his police nickname: "Tarrant County". 

Barnes worked as a detention officer in the Tarrant County jail and became a deputy before leaving North Texas in 1994. For the next 23 years, he served on the Houston police force. Barnes worked in the special investigations unit with a focus on crimes against children.

He retired from Houston in January and took the job with Santa Fe ISD soon after, figuring it would be just a retirement job. 

But that was before last Friday.

When the call was made about the shooting at Santa Fe High School, Barnes's fellow officers say he charged right into the building, willing to take a bullet if it meant saving the kids.

Barnes was hit in the arm by a shotgun blast and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Reports say his heart stopped twice as surgeons worked to stem the bleeding and repair the damage. He is starting to recover, but the road ahead is a long one.

Fellow officers are asking for continued prayers for Barnes and his family.

Anyone wanting to help with Barnes's medical expenses can donate to the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association relief fund, through the Tarrant County Credit Union.