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Investigator James Burns | Ohio Division of Liquor Control, Ohio Ohio Division of Liquor Control, Ohio

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James Burns

Ohio Division of Liquor Control, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, November 7, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Investigator James Burns was shot and killed by a Xenia police officer who mistook him for an armed suspect. Investigator Burns and an aide were conducting surveillance at a Xenia night club and followed a group of 16 people who had left the club, believing they were heading to a location serving bootlegged alcohol. The group walked to a nearby home on Main Street to attend a private party.

When Investigator Burns entered the home he was told to leave by the homeowner. When he refused to leave the residents blocked his exit as they called the local police, not knowing that he was an undercover agent. When the homeowner walked into a different room Investigator Burns followed him. A struggle ensued between the two men and Investigator Burns' service weapon fell to the floor. As the two struggled for it the weapon discharged, fatally striking the homeowner in the head.

A Xenia officer was just arriving at the home when the shot was fired and he entered the home with his gun drawn. He observed Investigator Burns holding his service weapon and ordered him to drop it. When he did not immediately drop it the officer opened fire, striking him in the chest.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 7, 2010

 

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