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Patrolman Donald Martin Burke | Hoquiam Police Department, Washington Hoquiam Police Department, Washington

Patrolman

Donald Martin Burke

Hoquiam Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 16, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3P16

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Donald Burke was shot and killed while attempting to stop a vehicle he observed speeding through a residential area.

After a ten-block pursuit, the suspect stopped on Myrtle Street. The passenger jumped out of the car and ran back to patrol car with a gun and stuck it into the open window. The suspect and Patrolman Burke struggled while Patrolman Burke was still in the patrol car.

The suspect stepped away from the vehicle and fired four times, striking the officer. Patrolman Burke was able to call for assistance after being shot and was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Two of the suspects later became engaged in a shootout with the Aberdeen Police Department. The suspect who had killed Patrolman Burke was shot and killed. The other suspect was arrested, convicted, and later died in prison.

Patrolman Burke is survived by his wife and four daughters.

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Dad,

It never has to be the anniversary of your death for me to remember you. Physically your not here but I know your never far both my kids Blake and Ashley never questioned who you were and your great grand kids Maria and Carter wont either. Thank you for being the best dad I could ask for and for living and teaching me what I needed to know even at 10 yrs old. Im still learning from your legacy. Thank you for the "Dad smacks" or the attention getters from heaven when I need them like Maria being born on the same day you died.

I love you and hope I have made you proud

Denise Burke (Trimmer)
Youngest of daughters
April 17, 2016

 

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