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Detective James J. Burke | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


James J. Burke

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Friday, December 13, 1946

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1948

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Detective James Burke was shot and killed on a robbery stakeout in a store on Webster Avenue in the Bronx.

When the two robbery suspects entered, Detective Burke burst from his hiding spot and opened fire on them. Both men returned fire, killing the detective.

The suspects were apprehended approximately two months later. Both were sentenced to death and executed on July 22, 1948.

Detective Burke served with the 48th squad.

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I said a little prayer today for Detective Burke and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
December 12, 2015


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