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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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 99th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 4, 2012

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