Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 6 months
Badge # 5552
Weapon: Rifle; AK-47
Offender: Sentenced to life
Officer Burtner was shot and killed after he had responded to a suicide call. He was ambushed by the man with an AK-47 after entering the house to check on his well-being. The suspect had left a suicide message as the greeting on his own answering machine and the police were notified after it was heard.
Officer Burtner entered the house after 30 minutes of knocking on the door and other means of attention getting. He attempted a forced entry with approval of his sergeant and lieutenant, who were both at the scene. The suspect claimed self defense and stated that he thought his house was being burglarized. The suspect was convicted of manslaughter, four counts of attempted murder, and one count of armed robbery and sentenced to six consecutive life terms in prison.
Officer Burtner had served with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for 6 months. He is survived by his wife.