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Officer Hugh Burns | Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana


Hugh Burns

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Monday, August 28, 1882

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Acquitted

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Officer Hugh Burns was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of gunfire while he was off duty.

He was sitting on his front porch when he heard a commotion and a gunshot come from in front of a saloon at the corner of Garden Street and Tennessee Street. When he went to investigate he observed a man holding a revolver and yelling at bystanders.

Despite being unarmed, Officer Burns approached the man, put his hand on his shoulder and informed him he was under arrest. The man immediately shot Officer Burns in the chest, just below the neck, killing him instantly. The subject fled the scene but was arrested a short time later. He was charged with murder but acquitted at trial after claiming self-defense.

Officer Burns had been appointed to the Indianapolis Police Department only three months prior. He was survived by his wife.

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