Deputy Sheriff Irving Lawrence Burkett

Deputy Sheriff Irving Lawrence Burkett

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Thursday, August 21, 2003

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Irving Lawrence Burkett

Deputy Irving Burkett succumbed to injuries sustained 21 years earlier when he was shot during an escape attempt from the Rocky Butte Jail.

On July 25, 1982, an inmate was able to gain possession of a .22 caliber pistol and shot Deputy Burkett in the head, leaving him permanently disabled. He died from complications of the wound on August 21, 2003.

Deputy Burkett had served with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, July 25, 1982
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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Deputy Irving Burkett was a stellar employee and his respect for female leaders. I worked at Rocky Butte Jail from 1970 until 1973 as a deputy. In 1982 on Sunday, July 25th, I was the Lieutenant Commander on call for the weekend for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Corrections Unit, I received a call informing me that a jail break had occurred and a deputy was injured. I arrived to the facility within twenty minutes and was informed that the injured deputy was Irving Burkett. Unbelievable, he was one of the best employee I had ever supervised.
During the years after Deputy Burkett's injured, he lost his eyesight but he knew my voice and he would respond with admiration by saying "that is Lieutenant Pool"
After 38 years since this tragedy occurred, Deputy Burkett is missed , his dedication and memories shall always be in my heart.

Lieutenant Vera C Pool
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland, Oregon

August 25, 2020

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