Deputy Sheriff Michael Allen Van Kuren

Deputy Sheriff Michael Allen Van Kuren

Bradford County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Michael Allen Van Kuren

Deputy Michael Van Kuren and Deputy Christopher Burgert were shot and killed as they attempted to serve a warrant.

The two deputies responded to a private residence in Wells Township to serve an arrest warrant on a man for failing to appear in court to answer a minor charge. When the deputies arrived at the location, they were both shot and killed. Both officers were wearing their bullet-resistant vests, but were stuck in an area that was not protected by the vest.

Two family members of the suspect were taken into custody at the scene. The suspect and another man who was at the scene during the incident fled. Both men were apprehended during a two day manhunt. The shooter was convicted of murdering both deputies and sentenced to death.

Deputy Van Kuren had served with the Bradford County Sheriff's Department for 10 years, and is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I never met you. I am very honored to receive the DT award that is in your memory from the sheriffs academy. Your legacy lives on. Thank you for your service brother. RIP

Deputy Luis Santiago
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office

September 8, 2013

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