Trooper James Scott Burns

Trooper James Scott Burns

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, April 29, 2008

James Scott Burns

Trooper James Burns was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit in Marion County, Texas, at approximately 8:00 pm. The suspect stopped his vehicle, exited, and opened fire on Trooper Burns with a shotgun before he was even able to unlatch his seatbelt.

A citizen used the trooper's radio to inform dispatchers that the trooper had been shot near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 1969 and 729. The suspect fled the scene and committed suicide two days later.

Trooper Burns had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 5 years. He is survived by his wife, 6-month-old daughter, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 11187

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 20 gauge
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Never a shift goes by that I don’t reflect on my brother, taken too early. You taught me how to do this job with patience and humbleness, your legacy lives on through so many of us...

You had such an impact on so many around you. You set the bar high, and the expectations of a great Trooper even higher.

10 years ago. I miss you like it happened yesterday. God bless you, brother, and your family especially Michaela & Micah. You left a void that cannot be filled.

Trooper IV, Class A2004
Texas Department of Public Safety

April 29, 2018

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