A man who fatally shot an Atchison police sergeant and then killed himself was angry because his father is serving life without parole at a Louisiana prison, the man’s grandfather said tonight.
Skyler Barbee, 25, killed Sgt. David Enzbrenner on Friday while the officer was working on a codes enforcement call across the street from one of Barbee’s relatives. Barbee had earlier been sentenced to 45 days in jail for battering a law enforcement officer in August.
The Rev. Leo Barbee Jr. of Victory Bible Church in Lawrence, who Skyler Barbee had lived with for years as a child, said his grandson did not seem bitter or dangerous when the men spoke about two weeks ago.
“But Skyler was upset at the justice system,” he said. “It bothered him; his dad was in there since he was 15.”
The younger man did not think it was right that his father was sentenced to life without parole for what Leo Barbee said was armed robbery after prior convictions, a punishment the younger man felt was more appropriate for rape or murder, his grandfather said.
“In the last year or so he started having emotional problems,” Leo Barbee said. “The anger consumed him.”
He said Skyler Barbee lived in Atchison with his mother and stepfather, and that his other grandfather lives across the street from a home at 12th and Division Streets where Enzbrenner was helping city codes enforcement deal with a nuisance order related to scrap metal and junk.
Police said Barbee seemed to come out of nowhere to shoot Enzbrenner in the head before killing himself.
On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil for Enzbrenner, 46, who was remembered as a compassionate officer and family man who is survived by his wife and three daughters.