Teen cleared of shooting cop speaks out; mother demands apology

(Source: WCSC)
(Source: WCSC)

A Goose Creek teen cleared of shooting a police officer said Thursday he's angry it took nearly six months for him to find out the charge had been dropped.

Nineteen year old Dominique Barr had been accused of the attempted murder of an off duty Moncks Corner police officer in May, 2011.

Barr was just days away from graduating high school at the time of his arrest.

"That's the part that really made me mad because that was holding me back from going to regular school," Barr said standing alongside his mother and other family members. "Tragedy, knowing you're innocent."

Attorney Steve Davis said he found out the charge had been dropped last week when a deputy solicitor with the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office told him in an email that the charge against now 19-year-old Dominique Barr, "was dismissed in December based on DNA report and other issues."

The deputy solicitor added, "Sorry if I forgot to tell you about it when I did it."

"I want an apology from everyone that had hands into this because it's not right he was treated this way," said Barr's mother Melissa Barr.

Davis contended that Barr was innocent in May 2011 after police said he fired a gun at an off-duty Moncks Corner police officer following a head-on car crash in Goose Creek.

Davis said at the time of the charge, "My client is innocent and was not a participant […] so whoever that individual is, they need to be brought to justice, but it's not this young man."

The attorney said Barr was identified as a suspect because he was unfortunately in the area and wearing some clothing that fit the description.

Barr had been out on bond since early May.

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