Deputy Sheriff Christopher Michael Burgert

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Michael Burgert

Bradford County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Christopher Michael Burgert

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

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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I just wanted to let you know you are not forgotten brother. You helped to push me, to succeed, during our training in the Academy. I still look at you every day in our Academy photo. You were someone I could look eye to eye with, not just literally, but as a friend. I won't forget you, and I'll keep praying for your family. I hope your son will read these one day, and know what a great man you were. Tell Lt. Toner I said hello, until we meet again brother, Godspeed.

Officer Jeff Kriner
Penn College Police Dept.

May 21, 2015

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