Patrolman Edward Howard Burch

Patrolman Edward Howard Burch

Lafayette Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, January 5, 1969

Edward Howard Burch

Patrolman Burch was shot and killed by a 17 year-old youth he had arrested for running a red light and driving a stolen car. The suspect, handcuffed and in the back seat of the patrol car, produced a .22 caliber pistol and shot him three times in the back of his head. The suspect was apprehended at a Lafayette motel later that night.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. In 1970 he received an additional five years for escape. On February 9, 1974, he was charged with attempted murder after he stabbed a fellow inmate.

Patrolman Burch had served with the agency for seven years.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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