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Patrol Officer Robert Eugene Burke | Winnetka Police Department, Illinois Winnetka Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

Robert Eugene Burke

Winnetka Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, May 23, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 4

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrol Officer Robert Burke was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person near the intersection of Green Bay and Church roads.

Officer Burke was on patrol, at about 9:30 pm, when he observed the man standing on the side of the road with a suitcase. He parked his patrol car and exited the vehicle. He took about three steps from the vehicle when the man suddenly produced a revolver and fired four rounds, striking Officer Burke once in the chest. Officer Burke was able to return fire with one shot but did not strike the suspect.

As Officer Burke lay on the ground, the suspect approached him and then pointed his gun at a witness. The suspect then walked across the street and committed suicide. No motive has ever been identified into why the suspect shot Officer Burke. The man was identified through fingerprints but had no criminal record.

Officer Burke had served with the Winnetka Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Evanston Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 23, 2015


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