Detective Sergeant George C. Burns

Detective Sergeant George C. Burns

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, October 3, 1919

George C. Burns

Detective Sergeant George C. Burns and Detective Sergeant Bernard Lenehan were shot and killed during a holdup of a saloon on West Madison Street. The two officers had just entered the saloon when several minutes later two men entered with guns and announced a holdup. As Detective Sergeant Burns pulled his service weapon the men opened fire, striking him the abdomen. Detective Sergeant Lenehan was able to return fire.

Detective Sergeant Lenehan, who was shot three times, was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Detective Sergeant Burns is survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 207

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Detective Sergeant Burns's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 7-14-18 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police (IL)

July 14, 2018

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