Undersheriff Richard Burmeister

Undersheriff Richard Burmeister

Sheridan County Sheriff's Department, Montana

End of Watch Friday, April 4, 1913

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Richard Burmeister

Undersheriff Richard Burmeister and Sheriff Tom Courtney were killed while attempting to arrest a man for disturbing the peace.

The man was known for carrying a gun and he shot and killed them. When he realized escape was impossible, he surrendered and was placed in the town jail. The local residents broke down the jail doors and lynched him.

Undersheriff Burmeister had served with the agency for only four months and is buried in Antelope Catholic Cemetery in Sheridan County, Montana.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched


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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time can ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

April 4, 2021

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