‘Eye for an eye’ viral posts about man shooting cop’s daughter as revenge are fake

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

“Every single word of that post is false,” the Livonia School District confirmed to VERIFY.

Viral posts on social media claim that 45-year-old Douglass Barnes in Livonia, Michigan, shot and killed the daughter of Sergeant Mike McCaffrey of the Livonia Police Department as revenge for McCaffrey fatally shooting his son in 2020.

The story has been reposted and shared several times on different social platforms, gaining thousands of views. One commenter on a post wrote, “I’m from Detroit. I love [sic] 10 minutes from Livonia. I’ve never heard this story before. Wow”

THE QUESTION

Are posts about a man shooting a Michigan police officer’s daughter as revenge real?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

No, posts about a man shooting a police officer’s daughter as revenge are not real. 

WHAT WE FOUND

Posts about a man named Douglass Barnes killing Samantha McCaffrey, the daughter of Sergeant Mike McCaffrey, at her high school prom as revenge for McCaffrey killing his son are not real.

The Livonia Police Department confirmed to VERIFY that the posts online are “completely fictitious,” and Sergeant Mike McCaffrey does not exist. 

VERIFY conducted a reverse image search of the photo circulating on social media and only found the image in the context of this false claim. The picture does not appear anywhere else online. No other images of Douglass Barnes were found, and VERIFY was unable to find any evidence of someone with the name in Michigan.

While there is a Livonia School District in Michigan, there is no Livonia High School. The district confirmed to VERIFY that the school does not exist in Livonia, Michigan, and there is no student with the last name McCaffrey registered in the district. 

“Every single word of that post is false,” the district said. 

There are Livonia High Schools in Louisiana and New York, however, neither have reported a shooting at their schools. 

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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