Deputy Sheriff Con Burns

Deputy Sheriff Con Burns

Lynn County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, June 8, 1944

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Con Burns

Deputy Con Burns was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man he observed to be under the influence of alcohol. When he approached the suspect the man pulled out a revolver and shot him. Deputy Burns did not have a chance to draw his own weapon.

On February 22, 1945, the shooter, 40, was convicted of murder with malice and sentenced to 25 years confinement. He was paroled on November 10, 1947.

Deputy Burns had served with the Lynn County Sheriff's Department for six years and two years with the Knox County Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, and two sons.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1947

alcohol violation, arrest attempt

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Deputy Burns, today marks the 79 anniversary since you made your sacrifice. I have read all of the other reflections, and don't know what to really say. I guess to start, I am your Great-Grandson. I wish I could have met you, but that was not in the cards. I cannot tell or express how proud of you I am. You made the ultimate sacrifice, and you are a hero to all of the citizens you served. I hope it brings your soul comfort that you are not the only one in our family to be holding the line. I have stepped up on a state level, and now I have stepped up on the federal level. I only hope that I make you and our family proud.

You are never forgotten, and will always be a Hero.

Love and Respect,
Your Great-Grandson

US Border Patrol

June 8, 2023

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