ST. JOSEPH COUNTY – The man who was shot and killed by a Berrien County sheriff’s deputy had a long history with police. William Robert Barker of Niles died from multiple gunshot wounds, said St. Joseph County Deputy Coroner Nancy Pemberton.
But the official autopsy results from Barker’s body will take approximately six to eight weeks to be processed. The name of the officer who shot Barker multiple times is Trent Babcock. He’s been on the force more than 15 years.
Barker, 37, had rap sheets with police in at least three counties for everything from domestic violence, to a felony home invasion, home burglaries and leaving the scene of an accident.
Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey told WSBT his deputies have been working with police in St. Joseph, Cass and Elkhart counties for months, trying to catch Barker. Monday three undercover officers followed up on a tip that he was at a motel in Niles Township, close to the state line.