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Patrolman Edward Howard Burch | Lafayette Police Department, Louisiana Lafayette Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman

Edward Howard Burch

Lafayette Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, January 5, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Burch was shot and killed by a 17 year-old youth he had arrested for running a red light and driving a stolen car. The suspect, handcuffed and in the back seat of the patrol car, produced a .22 caliber pistol and shot him three times in the back of his head. The suspect was apprehended at a Lafayette motel later that night.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. In 1970 he received an additional five years for escape. On February 9, 1974, he was charged with attempted murder after he stabbed a fellow inmate.

Patrolman Burch had served with the agency for seven years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever,

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 5, 2012

 

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