Shortly afterward, the suspect committed suicide. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Monday, Binghamton officials held a brief ceremony in honor of Officer Lee Barta. A community center on the northside of Binghamton where Barta died has been created as a remembrance to him. Barta was shot and killed in the line of duty on Aug. 3, 1995. He was trying to take a suspect into custody who was hiding in the closet of a house. A wreath was laid in his honor Monday.