Chief of Police Burr Robertson

Chief of Police Burr Robertson

Harrison Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, March 27, 1935

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Burr Robertson

Chief of Police Burr Robertson was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant from Kansas for the murder of a Santa Fe Railroad agent three years earlier in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Chief Robertson and a deputy had gone to the Missouri C North Arkansas railroad station in Harrison, where the man was employed, after confirming an admission by the man's wife that he was wanted for the murder. When the suspect saw the officers, he opened fire, striking Chief Robertson three times.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of Chief Robertson's murder. He later died in prison.

Chief Robertson had served with the Harrison Police Department for only three months but had been in law enforcement for a total of twenty years, previously serving with the Hawthorne, California, Police Department and Frederick, Colorado, Police Department. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and four daughters.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder


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Mary S. Mondragon
Granddaughter to Officer Burr Robertson

May 15, 2024

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