Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 1 year, 3 months
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Offender: Sentenced to 15 to 20 years
Patrolman Peter Burke was shot and killed after being flagged down by a business owner regarding two suspicious males at 2345 hours.
As he approached the men one of them opened fire with a sawed-off shotgun, fatally wounding him. One suspect was immediately arrested and ultimately acquitted. The second suspect fled to Cuba but returned to the U.S. in 1990 and was arrested. He was sentenced to 15 to 20 years for the murder and four years for unlawful flight. His parole was denied on December 30, 2005.
Patrolman Burke had served with the Atlantic City Police Department for 15 months and had previously served with the United States Navy in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, three brothers, and five sisters.