Patrolman Alva H. Burnett

Patrolman Alva H. Burnett

Pierre Police Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Monday, June 12, 1944

Alva H. Burnett

Patrolman Alva Burnett was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance for the second time in the same night. Prior to the second call, the suspect had doused his wife with gasoline and lit her on fire. Patrolman Burnett was attempting to talk to the suspect, who was standing in the doorway to the home, when the man suddenly raised his 410 gauge shotgun and shot Patrolman Burnett.

The suspect was also killed at the scene.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 410 gauge
  • Offender Deceased

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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

June 15, 2015

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