Detective Frank Burns

Detective Frank Burns

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 12, 1923

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Frank Burns

Detective Frank Burns, working with Federal Narcotics Agents, was shot in the back and killed by a drug smuggler lying in wait as he attempted to arrest another drug smuggler at a soft drink stand on South El Paso Street.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

His assailants fled to Mexico and were never apprehended.

Detective Burns was a United States Army veteran and had served with the El Paso Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 10, 1923
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended


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Det. Burns,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of El Paso. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

A grate El Pasoan

United States Border Patrol

April 12, 2023

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