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 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 railroad station, 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 3 months but had served in law enforcement for a total of 20 years. He had previously served 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 Died in prison

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Burr Robertson was my maternal grandfather. My mother was 7 years old when her dad was murdered. The loss of her dad left long lasting sadness and grief. Thank you for these posts. Regards, Mary Mondragon

MARY Mondragon

November 15, 2019

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