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Special Agent Curtis C. Burks | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Curtis C. Burks

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 22, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Missouri

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Special Agent Curtis Burks was shot and killed by Pretty Boy Floyd while serving a search warrant in Kansas City, Missouri.

Agent Burks and a dozen other agents and local officers were conducting a raid on a local flower shop. During the search they discovered Pretty Boy Floyd in a backroom. As they searched him he suddenly pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and fatally shot Agent Burks and wounded a second agent. He then ran outside where he shot a bystander and a Kansas City police officer before getting away.

Pretty Boy Floyd was later shot and killed by Ohio law enforcement officers on October 22, 1934.

Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd and members of his gang were responsible for the murders of several law enforcement officers.

Officer Harland Manes of the Akron, Ohio, Police Department was shot and killed on March 9, 1930, while investigating an accident involving one of the gang members. Patrolman Ralph Castner of the Bowling Green, Ohio, Police Department was shot and killed on April 16, 1931, while attempting to arrest members of the gang. Special Agent Curtis Burke of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, was shot and killed on July 22, 1931, while serving a federal search warrant on Pretty Boy Floyd in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Officer Harland F. Manes
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Sunday, March 9, 1930
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Ralph Hiram Castner
Bowling Green Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Thursday, April 23, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace brother...your service will never be forgotten. You helped pioneer the standard for excellence in law enforcement, and some day I hope we'll meet in heaven so I can shake your hand and thank you personally.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD
July 3, 2015


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