Patrolman Mosher Burnham

Patrolman Mosher Burnham

Lansingburgh Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, October 23, 1881

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Mosher Burnham

Patrolman Mosher Burnham was shot and killed in an alley near Mullen's saloon and grocery store at the southeast corner of 4th Avenue & Canal after interrupting a burglary in progress on Sunday night.

He started to pursue the subjects, believed to be four in total, on foot when one of them opened fire as he came around the corner, striking him in the abdomen and severing his spinal column.

One of the suspects was captured eight years later, convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to 6 years and nine months in prison.

Patrolman Burnham, a U.S. Army veteran who fought for the Union during the Civil War, had served with the Lansingburgh Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, mother, two brothers, and six sisters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

burglary in progress

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Patrolman Burnham,
On today, the 135th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lansingburgh. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 23, 2016

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