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Detroit police officer gunned down in apparent murder-suicide

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By: Krystle Crossman

It was a sad day for the Detroit Police Department on Thursday. One of their own, Anna Hamilton, was found dead in her home in Redford Township, Michigan. She had died from a gunshot wound that was dealt apparently by her husband, Damon Barton. The police are ruling the incident a murder-suicide.

Hamilton had been married to Barton for three years. She has three children who are all grown. Neighbors said that they did not hear anything. They never heard an argument or shots being fired. They noticed that police were flying to the scene and were armed with shotguns when they got out of their cars. That is when they knew something was wrong.

At 11:40am on Thursday Hamilton’s uncle called 911 and pleaded with them to hurry to the home. She had gotten home from her overnight shift and was seen early in the morning in her uniform. After that she was not seen again. It appears that her husband killed her and then killed himself.

Officer Hamilton was a 16 year veteran of the Detroit Police Department. She was well-liked and well-respected. She had won an award for diffusing a very tense situation when a man threatened to douse his house in gasoline and set it on fire. Family said that she had an easy-going nature which is why everyone loved her.

There is not much information about Barton at this time. Family members said that he had been in prison before and was now out on parole. He had been convicted of a home invasion, carrying concealed weapons, and careless use of a firearm which resulted in injury or death. The investigation is still ongoing. The State of Michigan and the Redford Township police are trying to figure out exactly what happened and how things escalated to this point.



  1. ericaf

    June 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm


  2. Butch

    June 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Black women are crazy! Why marry a convict? It’s all kinds of single men out here in this world, and they choose the worst of worst!!!

    • lea land

      June 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Unfortunatly, Butch, you are so right. We make our own worst situations.

  3. Isaac Decatur

    June 14, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Sad day for the Detroit Police Department and a sad day for the family.
    Black Women know your worth. Don’t settle for the worse Black Man settle for the best. Sister it’s a lot of non violate black men out her today that believe in respecting and protecting the black women. Ladies know your merchandise before you accept it. May the Sister R.I.P.
    May God bless and be there for the family during this sad time.

    • Clarice

      June 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Mr.Isaac, where are they? and where can they be found? the women that I see can’t find a black man that is not looking for a light skinned or woman of a different culture, because they can pick and choose and have a wide variety to choose from and women that or on the market can be bolder than some of our sisters or willing to be, some women or not getting to choose, the men see them and are on them like white on rice, but they are usually the undesirable, angry, controlling, type, and those
      are the type that don’t let up from the moment they see you.The nice women fall prey to them, or be stalked.

      • Isaac Decatur

        June 16, 2014 at 11:08 am

        Well Clarice, we are out there. Most of my friends fell the same way that I do. We live in the SOUTH. That’s is part of our up bring. contact me anytime. Feel free.

  4. Pernell Parham

    June 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    There are many black men who are capable of being loving partners, but so many women want the perfect man. A guy with a job, educated, and good morals is boring. Women want guys with ‘swag’ and drama, and disposable cash to pay their phone bill, and get their nails done. They will have all these things on a checklist and you don’t have a chance, if you don’t match the checklist, but they will take a guy who mistreats them, cheats, and disrespects them. I don’t get it. I feel so bad for her. I bet there was a guy who wanted her, but he wasn’t good enough and she took up with that guy who winds up not only killing her, but her mother as well. Damn shame. I offer my condolences to her family.

    • marilyn

      June 15, 2014 at 5:54 am

      Pernell, you have hit the nail on the head. When will women especially Black women learn that the true measure of a man is not a “paycheck”!!!!! There are so many kind, loving, faithful, mature brothers who work for fed-ex, ups, the post office and they are dying to get sisters who have their act together. We as Black women have to examine our motives with regard to what we really want. If love, devotion, and blow-your-mind sex is at the top of your lists, a man doesn’t have to be a Havard grad or make six-figures to give you that. Amen.

    • Clarice

      June 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Pernell and Marilyn, the men with any kind of job are already taken,real women don’t need anyone to pay her phone bill or anything else, it’s more women paying guys cell pho. bills than there are men paying women’s
      bills we may never agree on this, but I think, most women want the loving men, some of you describe.I can’t help feeling the angry undertone
      that some of you men are using to address this issue, with women that don’t have anything going for themselves, lumping all black women together as gold diggers,Please be fair, if you are capable.

  5. kimberly

    June 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Why in the world would this woman hook up with a dude that has been convicted of a home invasion, carrying concealed weapons, and careless use of a firearm which resulted in injury or death.It is very sad that this beautiful black woman settled on a garbage dude like this…now he has committed the ultimate crime..he took her away from her kids and family.

  6. Pernell Parham

    June 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Laylay, you can find someone nice online, just take time to know them before meeting. I consider myself very nice and am online all the time. I want to interact with good people, but my experience is the women who want to meet men have ulterior motives. They are searching more for someone to take care of them and their problems, as opposed to finding someone that thinks and feels the way they do. You have to whittle through the ones that aren’t right. But so many women want stuff and a man that can provide what they want is who they choose. I am not saying they are wrong, but their priorities are. Nobody wants to take the time to actually know the person, it’s more about “here’s someone I think can give me what I want”. It’s goes both ways, for men and women. We each have to give considerable thought to what we’re looking for. What you’re looking for, you will find it. Whether it be love or trouble.

    • Clarice

      June 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Mr.Pernell, You say you consider yourself a nice person, that is online all the time, of course all the women you meet online are looking for someone with something, but most self respecting women that have something going for themselves are not online all the time.

  7. James R.

    June 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Most police department have rules and regulations against marrying a known felon, unless those charges happen after they were married.

  8. janp

    June 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    James R. You are right. Thia just too sad

  9. jfe

    June 14, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    This is unfortunate. But maybe she didn’t know about his past. She might didn’t “run him” in the system. He told her what he wanted her to know. And women don’t want to be alone, it’s not that you don’t love yourself, obviously she did, she touched a lot of people.

  10. TT_CA

    June 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Jfe.. she knew who and what he did.. the article states the man was out on parole.. More than likely she may have told him to move, it was over, etc…
    broke azz, convicts, low life black men can’t take rejection, can’t stand to see or think of that woman with someone else.. he decided to kill her and rather than take his sorry asz to.jail again he checked out! <~ good riddens to him, but sorry she gone..
    if this generation would wake up and start helping 1 another then we could prevent more blk males and women now, from going into the system..
    it's designed to keep you in trouble, that why they started putting it in schools so they can build they slave population back up!! money was getn low so lets pave they way by starting earlier ages!

  11. Ene

    June 21, 2014 at 1:31 am

    This story seems to keep repeating itself. A black woman with a career and much to offer but settles for a crumb and looses her life because of
    who she chose to share her life with. Damn it! This has happened so many times in Cleveland, Ohio. One was a classmate of mine. I’d rather be alive and alone than settle for a madman. Ladies, please value yourselves enough to be picky about who you choose to live your life with.

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