Published on: Thursday, May 24, 2018 News Alert

Sudden Off-duty Passing of Takoma Park Police Officer

It is with extreme sadness that the Takoma Park Police Department announces the sudden off-duty passing of Acting Detective Sergeant Matthew L. Barber. A/Det. Sgt. Barber was a 13-year veteran of the Takoma Park Police Department. He is survived by his wife, a Metropolitan (DC) officer, and two daughters.

“Detective Sergeant Barber was an exceptional police officer and friend. This is a difficult time for all members of the police department; one we will get through by leaning on each other,” said Chief Antonio DeVaul.

“Over the last 13-years, we have been very fortunate that Detective Sergeant Barber chose to serve in our community. We are a stronger, safer community thanks to his dedication and work. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Mayor Kate Stewart.

Information regarding funeral arrangements and ways to support A/Det. Sgt. Barber’s family will be available in the near future. Please keep Acting Sergeant Barber, his family, and members of the Takoma Park Police Department in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.