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Patrolman Ira H. Burgess | Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee


Ira H. Burgess

Kingsport Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 13, 1950

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 21 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Burgess was shot and killed when he and a police captain responded to reports of a man threatening to kill his wife. When they arrived at the man's house they began to take cover but the man came out with a shotgun and opened fire. Patrolman Burgess was shot as he attempted to draw his pistol. The suspect was then shot and killed by a city workhouse guard who was supervising a work crew.

Patrolman Burgess had served with the Kingsport Police Department for 5 years and had previously served as a part-time deputy for Hawkins County for 16 years.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 15, 2015


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