Detective James J. Burke

Detective James J. Burke

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 13, 1946

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James J. Burke

Detective James Burke was shot and killed on a robbery stakeout in a store on Webster Avenue in the Bronx.

When the two robbery suspects entered, Detective Burke burst from his hiding spot and opened fire on them. Both men returned fire, killing the detective.

The suspects were apprehended approximately two months later. Both were sentenced to death and executed on July 22, 1948.

Detective Burke served with the New York City Police Department for 25 years and was assigned to the 48th squad.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 496

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1948


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Det. Burke,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 13, 2021

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