Friends and Family Mourn Mansfield Teen Who Died in Christmas Day Shootout With Police

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When, in the predawn hours on Christmas morning, a Grand Prairie police officer spotted a suspicious 1997 Honda driving through the Grand Peninsula neighborhood near Joe Pool Lake, he didn't know the car was stolen, nor did he know the driver had a gun.

"Whatever he was doing caught the officer's attention, and that's when they pulled up to him and he just took off," Grand Prairie PD spokesman Mark Beseda would later tell The Dallas Morning News.

Police learned that the vehicle was stolen after the driver, identified as 16-year-old Mansfield Lake Ridge High School sophomore Peyton Barbour, abandoned it in an open field after a brief chase. They became aware of gun, a Glock 9-mm, also stolen, when Barbour fired a shot at the pursuing officer as he fled into the woods.

The ensuing manhunt lasted nearly 10 hours, though the geography -- an actual peninsula with plenty of hiding places but few escape routes -- along with the K-9 unit and police helicopter seemed to predestine Barbour's capture. And so, when a neighbor reported spotting a suspicious person in the 600 block of Seeton Road just before 2 p.m., police knew they had their man.

Barbour, however, wasn't interested in surrender. He and the cops exchanged gunfire. Steve Cremer filmed the standoff from his house using the video camera he received last Christmas, according to NBC 5.

Two officers were wounded in the standoff. Barbour was also shot and was airlifted to Parkland, where he was pronounced dead.

Barbour's friends and family have spent the intervening day-and-a-half trying to figure out why the teen would get in a shootout with police. Last night, they held a somber candlelight vigil at his high school.

The Morning News caught up with a handful of friends who had gathered in front of Barbour's home to pay respects.

"Nobody would have expected this," 19-year-old Trevor Stutsman told the paper. "Everybody loved him. Not a single person he met disliked him."

Barbour did have some rough edges. According to his Twitter profile, where he went by "Dr. GreenThumb," he's a fan of weed, but so are millions of other teenagers. More relevant is the time he reportedly spent in juvenile detention for stealing a car.

He he described the experience to Emma Villaire, a 15-year-old neighbor, as "the worse experience of my life," according to WFAA.

Even then, there's a bit of a chasm between auto theft and firing on police. No one's quite sure what made Barbour hop across.

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ashton.ramon
ashton.ramon

It really pisses me off to see complete strangers saying he 'deserved it'. I was a close friend of Peyton's and even a week later, I'm still grieving. Yes, he did have a troubled past. But none of you would even know if there were any other problems in his life that won't be released. He was a troubled teen. There are MILLIONS of them out there just like Peyton. He didn't deserve to die. They spent 10 hours trying to find him and he turns out dead. What good is that! The 2 cops got to go home to their families that Christmas Day and Peyton's parents lost their child. Now, I'm not saying what he did was right because it wasn't. But a 16 year-old boy doesn't deserve to die. We miss him more than ever because he was a great person and friend. NONE of you will ever know that.

pgrove1704
pgrove1704

The kid had it coming. If he had left the gun out of it then maybe the outcome could have been different.

Threeboys
Threeboys

I don't care how old you are. You throw shots at cops, you got your just rewards. Stolen car, stolen gun, this pic, DMN article about his continued criminal past. Garbage picked up just in time.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

What? No calls for mandatory background checks?


No pleas for more "common sense gun reform?"

lebowski300
lebowski300

Just wait for the toxology. I'll give 10-1 there was more than a weed habit fueling this.

J_A_
J_A_

I saw the video the neighbor took during the stand off. Really sad and disturbing, the kid is walking in a daze with the pistol by his side. Now we'll never know what was going through his mind and his parents lost their child on Christmas.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Car theft is one of the most disruptive and chicken shit crimes out there. We need to treat it like horse rustling and start stringing them up.  


No sympathy for this thug.  Add in that this looks like one of the few actually justified police shootings, and I'm done with the story.

gm0622
gm0622

There is something here that isn't quite right.

If the officers had dogs, why not send the dogs in? A K-9 is trained for tactical takedown, the subject might not like it but he remains breathing.

Greg820
Greg820

"Nobody would have expected this."  Well, except maybe for stealing a car and being a total pothead.  I believe the picture above speaks for itself.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Something is not right here.  A 16 year-old.  Father, assistant school principal.  Mother, school receptionist.  I'd think the parents would have recognized that the boy was disturbed, what with their experience with children and teenagers, and would have had him under psychiatric care.

wpostaff
wpostaff

@ashton.ramon HE shot at the police!!!! I'll bet if he was a black kid you'd think he was a THUG and deserved it!

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@NotReallyThanks

It's funny when gun violence advocates get upset because they don't have anything to complain about.


Greg820
Greg820

@NotReallyThanks The random deaths of innocent children, women and men is the price our nation pays for Freedom.  Feel better now?

Threeboys
Threeboys

While I agree, that's irrelevant Weed is still illegal, regardless of ones position in whether it should be or not.

luv2bpeaceful
luv2bpeaceful

@everlastingphelps He is someone's son, grandson, friend, brother. I admit there was probably no other way for this to end but your callus to this teens death is disturbing.  

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

@gm0622 The trained dogs are much more valuable and are much a greater asset to society that an armed teenage kid stoned out of his mind in the middle of committing criminal acts and who has already committed crimes in the past..

Guesty
Guesty

@gm0622 So we have a couple dead dogs before we get to the same end game?  And how exactly do the cops tell the dogs who to go after from a safe distance?  

logic4dallas
logic4dallas

Police dogs will not be sent in to take down an armed suspect that has already fired on officers. The dogs are, for all practical purposes, considered to be officers as well, not disposable assets. This criminal wanted to play gangsta and was handled appropriately considering the circumstances. If you shoot at police, expect to catch a few rounds.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-KatzTwo school administrators?  Sounds like leftist fellow travelers with you, meaning that they only think of conservatism as "mental illness" and think that all the rest of it was just "acting out."

Guesty
Guesty

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I'm sure they knew he was a fuck up.  I haven't seen anything to suggest a psychiatrist would have helped him.  Not everyone who is a fuck up is mentally disturbed.  Some are just terrible people.  

ashton.ramon
ashton.ramon

And I also said, I don't think what he did was right. Because it wasn't. But a 16 YEAR OLD KID DID NOT deserve to die. Point blank.

ashton.ramon
ashton.ramon

No, actually I wouldn't. Most of my friends are black and my boyfriend is black. I'm not closed minded and ignorant like you.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@luv2bpeaceful @everlastingphelps They fucked up when it came to raising their son and his friends chose their friends poorly.


He was a parasite that they unleashed on society, and they share the blame in my eyes.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

@luv2bpeaceful @Greg820 Purposefully making yourself stupid while pretending you are profound is reason enough for me to be against them. 


Wasted generation. 

Greg820
Greg820

@luv2bpeaceful @Greg820  There is a lot of research coming out on the negative affects of Marijuana on the still-growing/maturing brains of children and teens.  Psychosis of a type and frequency not even seen in adults is becoming more prevalent in teens that chronically smoke weed.  


I personally have nothing against pot, just as I don't have any issues with alcohol--for adults.

wpostaff
wpostaff

@ashton.ramon Point well taken.  Fact of the matter is that anyone who shoots at the police should expect to be shot back by the police.  As to your point you made above, I will admit that I did prejudge you.  However, the comment that I made would be applicable to 99% of white commentators on this thread.  You know that and I know that.  So you are only the exception to the rule.

lebowski300
lebowski300

@luv2bpeaceful - I think you missed entirely what my comment's context was. I think your weed habit is affecting your reading comprehension. :)

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

@luv2bpeaceful @lebowski300 But, weed, as with any other mind altering substance (including alcohol)  impairs judgement and that impaired judgement can lead to less than favorable outcomes.  They mention his history with weed and like another poster, I'd wonder if he had something else in the tank besides just weed.  Could most likely be chalked up to another drug-related death.

wpostaff
wpostaff

@kelseylopez7827@everlastingphelps@luv2bpeaceful No he was a THUG!  No different from Travon Martin! Oh, wait.  Travon did not shoot at the "wanna-be" cop.  Actually, Travon did not even have a gun.  But I bet you think that Travon Martin was a THUG that got what he deserved.

kelseylopez7827
kelseylopez7827

@everlastingphelps @luv2bpeaceful He wasnt a 'thug' or a fuck up or a fucking parasite. you dont know even half the story only what was posted He was a great person who just made some bad decisions so shut the fuck up.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

@CogitoErgoSum @everlastingphelps @luv2bpeaceful Who fucking cares? Send him back to the factory for a redo. 16 is old enough to know better than to shoot at the cops. Or maybe you should just blame GTA5 or something.


Parental shortcomings? Uhm. Yeah. Those must be some colossal fucking shortcomings. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@everlastingphelps @CogitoErgoSum @luv2bpeaceful It's pretty easy to dismiss a kid who is going down the wrong path as a "predator." In all likelihood, it's much more complicated than that. Aside from possible parenting shortcomings, mental health issues could have caused such behavior.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Phelps flapped in to drop a couple of turds on the comment board...

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