Sergeant J. Harvey Burke

Sergeant J. Harvey Burke

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, July 28, 1925

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J. Harvey Burke

Sergeant J. Harvey Burke was shot and killed while escorting a couple to their home to retrieve belongings.

The couple had been involved in a domestic dispute and Sergeant Burke was sent to monitor the removal of items at 507 North 7th Street. While on the scene the male suspect produced a handgun and shot the female. As Sergeant Burke attempted to disarm the man, he was shot and killed.

The suspect was convicted and executed on February 19th, 1926.

Officer Burke had served with the Richmond Police Department for nine years.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 118

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death


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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 28, 2020

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