Policeman John Burns

Policeman John Burns

Middlesboro Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, February 6, 1904

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John Burns

Policeman John Burns was shot and killed in the gallery of the Princess Theater by an ex-convict.

The suspect produced a pistol and opended fire when Policeman Burns threatened to arrest him for vagrancy, killing him and and a innocent bystander. The suspect was apprehended four days later at Mingo Hollow, four miles from the scene of his crime.

On January 19, 1905, the suspect, who claimed self defense, was tried and acquitted.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Acquitted

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 107th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 6, 2011

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