Recruit Barton was accidentally shot and killed by another officer who was attempting to clear his jammed firearm. The officers were at the firing range when a sergeant's gun failed to fire. The sergeant went to the locker room where 16 other recruit officers, including Recruit Barton, were waiting for their turn on the firing line. The sergeant was dismantling his gun to remove the cartridge which had failed to fire. While doing this, the cartridge did fire and the bullet struck Recruit Barton. He died at City Hospital from a bullet wound to the left side, in front and below his left arm pit.
Recruit Barton served this department for 19 days. He is survived by his wife, two (2) sons, and a daughter.