Friends try to make sense of teen's fatal Christmas shootout with police

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by JIM DOUGLAS

WFAA

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 9:05 PM

MANSFIELD, Texas –– Grief and disbelief crept into the neighborhood where 16-year-old Peyton Barbour lived until he was gunned down Christmas Day during a shootout with police.  

Two Grand Prairie officers were wounded; one was shot in the hand while the other was shot in the foot. Both officers were released from the hospital Wednesday night. Barbour was shot and killed.

It started with a traffic stop about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police say Barbour fired at the officer, raced away, and later abandoned a stolen car. Police surrounded Barbour after a 10-hour manhunt near Joe Pool Lake about 1.5 miles from the initial traffic stop.  

Police say Barbour traded fire with officers and was mortally wounded. His friends say he had troubles, but had no idea he was capable of such violence.

"I heard it was a Mansfield kid, but I would've never thought it was him... Ever," said friend Trevor Stutsman.

His Twitter account contains multiple drug references. Neighbor Emma Villaire, 15, said Barbour recently served time in juvenile detention for car theft. She said he told her, "never again. It was the worst experience of my life."

"He was so funny and so sweet to everybody," Villaire said. "There's a ton of people that are probably bawling their eyes out right now."

The Grand Prairie police said Thursday the 1997 Honda Barbour was driving at the time he was stopped was reported stolen, and the 9mm handgun used by Barbour was reported stolen during a residential burglary.

On Thursday, friends left flowers on the hood of Barbour's car. They wondered if they could've changed his mind or his actions, if they had just said something.

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