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Constable John Dee Burk | Kaufman County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas Kaufman County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas

Constable

John Dee Burk

Kaufman County Constable's Office - Precinct 8, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, May 1, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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On Monday, May 1, 1905, Kaufman County Precinct 8 Constable John D. Burk was in the City of Kaufman conducting business. At approximately 3:30 p.m., Constable Burk responded to a report of a disturbance at J. J. Patterson's pool room. Constable Burk arrested M. B. Scott who was intoxicated. Constable Burk had to hit Scott in the head with his pistol when Scott resisted arrest. Constable Burk then allowed Scott to wash his hands. Scott returned with a pistol and shot Constable Burk in the head. Constable Burk died from the gunshot wounds approximately 2 hours later.

On July 15, 1905, M. B. Scott was sentenced to 20 years in the state penitentiary for murder in the second degree. On February 21, 1906, the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas reversed and remanded the case. On January 9, 1907, Scott pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in the state penitentiary for killing Constable Burk.

Constable Burk was survived by his wife and family, with an unknown number of children. He was buried next to a former wife in an unmarked grave, at Bell Springs Cemetery, in the community of Massey, in Hill County, Texas.

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Rest in Peace Constable John Dee Burk. Thank You for your Service and Great Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Kaufman County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Families, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the rotting carcass of the scum that murdered you. May the flames of hell forever scorch his soul.

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas
May 5, 2016

 

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