Night Marshal Sewell H. Burnett

Night Marshal Sewell H. Burnett

Osceola Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, June 15, 1919

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Sewell H. Burnett

Night Marshal Sewell Burnett was shot and killed while making his rounds at approximately 4:15 am.

A citizen heard a gunshot in the area of the Beall hotel and located Marshal Burnett's body at the nearby intersection of Hale Avenue and Walnut Street. Two prominent citizens were arrested and charged with his murder, but were acquitted after three separate trials ended in hung juries.

Marshal Burnett had served with the Osceola Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Marshal Burnett,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Osceola.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 15, 2019

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