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Deputy Sheriff Dalton Burnham | Dodge County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Dodge County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

Dalton Burnham

Dodge County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, October 6, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Deceased

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Deputy Burnham and his wife were shot and killed by a hitman who had been hired to retaliate against Deputy Burnham. The hitman, who was also suspected of several other murders, was convicted of Deputy Burnham's murder. The man died in 2002 while on parole.

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Thank you for your service. My brother Officer Barry Melear was killed in the line of duty in 1977 so I know what the family goes through to lose loved ones so tragically. God bless you all. My prayers go with you.

Susan Melear Hayden
Sister of Slain Officer Barry Melear
October 6, 2015

 

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