Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 11187
Weapon: Shotgun; 20 gauge
Offender: Committed suicide
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.