August 3 marks the 25th anniversary of the line-of-duty death of Binghamton Police Officer Lee Barta.

The 29-year-old officer was gunned down as police searched a Liberty Street address for 19-year-old Edmund Travis III of Kirkwood, who was wanted for violating his work-release provisions.

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Travis emerged from a closet in the house while police entered the building and fired several shots.

Travis was located by authorities several hours later and fatally shot himself.


A community center bearing Officer Lee Barta’s name is located in the North Side neighborhood where he died.

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