Correctional Officer Richard James Burke

Correctional Officer Richard James Burke

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, October 12, 1980

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Richard James Burke

Correctional Officer Richard Burke was stabbed to death at the Florida State Prison while escorting death row inmates from their cells to the shower. The subject was already serving a death sentence for murdering a couple after robbing them.

The subject who murdered him was sentenced to death and subsequently executed on January 7th, 2014.

Officer Burke had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for only four months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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This is heartbreaking! As a correctional professional for 40+ years I am saddened by the lack of recognition given these true heroes who were just trying to support their families. Evil is alive and well in the world and we are catering yea pandering to it. These monsters escalate in their criminality as we provide them more and more opportunities and second, third, and fourth chances. We are failing our good citizens every time we allow these monsters a second chance. Rant over. Rip sir your are respected and not forgotten.

David lawrence, retired Warden

October 12, 2019

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