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Police Officer Richard P. Burns | Newark Police Department, New Jersey Newark Police Department, New Jersey

Police Officer

Richard P. Burns

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, February 23, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: Not available

Badge # 575

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Richard Burns was shot and killed when he attempted to intervene in a robbery at a downtown tavern.

Officer Burns was inside the tavern when several men entered and announced a robbery. Officer Burns attempted to arrest the men and exchanged shots with them. The officer was able to wound one of the suspects but was mortally wounded himself.

All of the suspects were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. One of the suspects died in prison and the other two were eventually paroled.

Officer Burns is survived by his wife and six children.

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I was friends with his son and had the privilege of meeting this fine Officer. He was a good family man. May he continue to rest in peace.

John Dascensio
February 28, 2016


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