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Trooper James Scott Burns | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

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James Scott Burns

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 11187

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 20 gauge

Offender: Committed suicide

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Trooper James Burns was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit in Marion County, Texas, at approximately 8:00 pm. The suspect stopped his vehicle, exited, and opened fire on Trooper Burns with a shotgun before he was even able to unlatch his seatbelt.

A citizen used the trooper's radio to inform dispatchers that the trooper had been shot near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 1969 and 729. The suspect fled the scene and committed suicide two days later.

Trooper Burns had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 5 years. He is survived by his wife, 6-month-old daughter, parents, and two brothers.

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9 years later, you are still remembered and missed. RIP, dear friend.

Celeste Lunceford, Friend/Colleague
April 29, 2017

 

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