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Patrolman Owen Burns | Steubenville Police Department, Ohio Steubenville Police Department, Ohio


Owen Burns

Steubenville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, November 7, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 16

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1955

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Patrolman Owen Burns was shot and killed at a home on South Water Street after responding to a disturbance call. When he arrived at the scene the man causing the disturbance shoved him down. He struck his head on a stove as he fell, allowing the suspect to gain control of his service weapon.

As Patrolman Burns attempted to get up the suspect shot him.

The suspect was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 11, 1926. He was paroled June 22, 1955.

Patrolman Burns had served with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85tth 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.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
November 7, 2011


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