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Trooper John S. Burke | Michigan State Police, Michigan Michigan State Police, Michigan


John S. Burke

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, October 13, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Burke was shot and killed after stopping two bank robbers in St. Joseph County. He had been notified of the robbery and stopped the men on a county road. While he searched one of the suspects the second suspect shot him in the back three times. The suspects then drove over his body before fleeing.

Both suspects were apprehended four hours later just across the state line in Indiana. Both were convicted of Trooper Burke's murder and sentenced to life. In 1933 one was adjudged insane and committed in the state mental hospital at Flint. In 1948 the other suspect was awarded a new trial, convicted of second degree murder, and sentenced to 7 to 15 years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81rst 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
October 13, 2011


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