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Detective Sergeant George C. Burns | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Detective Sergeant

George C. Burns

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, October 3, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 207

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Not available

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Detective Sergeant George C. Burns and Detective Sergeant Bernard Lenehan were shot and killed during a holdup of a saloon on West Madison Street. The two officers had just entered the saloon when several minutes later two men entered with guns and announced a holdup. As Detective Sergeant Burns pulled his service weapon the men opened fire, striking him the abdomen. Detective Sergeant Lenehan was able to return fire.

Detective Sergeant Lenehan, who was shot three times, was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Detective Sergeant Burns is survived by his wife and six children.

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End of Watch: Sunday, October 5, 1919
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Det. Sgt. Burns,
On today, the 98th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chicago. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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