Deputy Sheriff Mark Jason Burbridge

Deputy Sheriff Mark Jason Burbridge

Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Monday, May 1, 2017

Mark Jason Burbridge

Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge was shot and killed at the Pottawattamie County Jail, in Council Bluffs, as he and another deputy returned two inmates to the jail after a court appearance.

As the deputies began to take the inmates into the jail one of the inmates attacked him after using a concealed key to remove his shackles. The inmate was able to obtain a firearm from the van and shot both deputies. He then stole the transport van and fled from the jail. He shot a citizen nearby when he attempted to carjack the man. He then abducted another citizen and forced her to drive him from the scene in her vehicle.

The subject was located by Omaha, Nebraska, police officers after releasing the woman. He was taken into custody following a high speed pursuit and charged with numerous felonies related to the carjacking and weapons possession. The man had just been sentenced to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.

On August 15th, 2017, the man was sentenced to life in prison for Deputy Burbridge's murder and related charges.

Deputy Burbridge had served with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office for 12 years.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 78-10

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escape attempt

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Here is my reflection: I work for a Sheriff's Office 3 Counties to the north of Pottawattamie County. Last year I was lucky enough to get to know Mark and rest the of the "crew" down there in Pott County during a change of venue murder trial from our county. We have a tactical/quick response/classification team that I am proud to be the Sgt. that is assigned to be in charge of, which was assigned to provide security during our trial, as we do all high profile cases. During our week long trial we made their "work family" larger by 4 officers and they welcomed us with smiles. Of course we were totally heartbroken when we found out that just a few months later this happened and Mark would loose his life. I called Lt. Andy Brown that same night giving him and the entire staff our condolences, told him that if needed anything let me know. A few days go by and I receive a call from Lt. Brown asking me if I remember the conversation we had about if there was anything we could do to help. In this conversation he asked me if we would be willing to house the "animal" that did this to Mark throughout his incarceration. I told him that I sure would check into it and let him know. A short time later I called Lt. Brown back and confirmed that we would do what we could to assist them so they didn't have to deal him.

After making many, many phone calls, making protocol changes, creating new protocols, making sure that the first priority was making sure EVERYONE was safe, a final plan was put together to get the suspect up to our facility, about 100 miles north of Pottawattamie County, and into our facility where he would be housed until the final disposition of this case, without any hiccups. Of course in between the final plans and the actual moving of this person, we attended Mark's funeral. WOW, what a show of support. I was AMAZED at the amount of people that lined the entire route. Every block was completely filled with supporters, including many children out on their playgrounds, wearing blue shirts, holding blue balloons, signs and ribbons. I was very touching.

We had this animal in our facility for 97 days until we transported him down to court so he could plead guilty to all charges and then off to the State Prison receiving facility, on the opposite side of the state, more planning and phone calls, but well worth it to get this animal where he needed to be. Thinking of Mark and the entire department the whole time, keeping my promise that we would be safe and everybody was going home that night.

We keep in contact with Pott County often and have made new friends there, we hope to make it down there for Police Memorial week in May. From the stories we heard at the funeral for Mark we know that he was loved and will be missed dearly. I am glad that we had a small part of putting this guy away for life, but if there is, or has been any case for the death penalty, this would be it.

RIP Mark.

Sgt. Randy Uhl
Woodbury County Sheriff's Office

January 18, 2018

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