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For 23 years, John Barnes worked for the Houston Police Department, patrolling the streets of city’s southwest side, and later hunting rapists and pedophiles.
But his most dangerous day came four months into his new job as a school police officer in Santa Fe, when gunman opened fire in the town’s high school, killing ten and critically injuring Barnes.
The article goes on to state the following:
During the shooting, Barnes and another officer rushed into Santa Fe ISD High School, where they confronted the 17-year-old junior accused in the shooting, Dimitrios Pagourtzis.
Pagourtzis shot Barnes with a shotgun, badly wounding the 49-year-old school police officer, according to HPD Capt. Jim Dale, a close friend of the officer. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper with Barnes fired off a shot before Pagourtzis surrendered.
Dale said Barnes was taken in critical condition to UTMB Galveston, where the heart of the injured officer stopped twice as paramedics and doctors scrambled to stem bleeding from wounds in both arms and repair the damage caused by the shotgun blast.
“He went to the fight. He was willing to give up his life to save as many children as possible,” said Houston Police Chaplain Monty Montgomery, another friend. “That’s a big difference than what we’ve seen some other times.”
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UTMB in Galveston says Officer John Barnes remains in critical condition today after the Santa Fe High School shooting. pic.twitter.com/Ky4oNo7HaF
— Matt Lowrey (@bigmatt2588) May 19, 2018
— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) May 19, 2018
Retired HPD SPO John Barnes, 49, was sworn in in May 1995 & retired Jan 2018. He began his career at SW Patrol and began working in investigations in 2005. John is known for his tireless work in Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. https://t.co/OBDOJ0SLkM
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) May 18, 2018
This hero school resource officer was shot when he confronted today’s school shooter. John Barnes, 49, suffering a gunshot wound to the arm as he stopped the teen gunman today at #SantaFeHighSchool. Prayers to Ofc. Barnes and ALL those hurt or killed in today’s school shooting. pic.twitter.com/JxTTPSPzL5
— Kari Lake Fox 10 (@KariLakeFox10) May 18, 2018