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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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Scott,

We still miss you here and I think of you often. It's hard to believe its been 8 years. I will never forget that day. You backed me up on a traffic stop before I ended my shift at 7:00 p.m. and you told me you were headed out to the lake to patrol. I know you have entered into God's rest and await the day to be reunited with the loved ones you left behind. You were a true friend and servant of the people. May you truly rest in peace and may your family continue to find peace and comfort in the Lord.

Chief Deputy Frank Cason
Marion County Sheriff's Office
April 29, 2016

 

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