Trooper James Scott Burns

Trooper James Scott Burns

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, April 29, 2008

James Scott Burns

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.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 11187

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 20 gauge
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Scott, I joined DPS to hunt dangerous criminals such as the one that took your life. I'm now in Marion County as a Trooper working to make it a safer place. A day doesn't go by that I don't think about you and your family. May God RestYour Soul!

Trooper Brant E. Smith
Texas Highway Patrol

July 5, 2018

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