Detective Sergeant George C. Burns

Detective Sergeant George C. Burns

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, October 3, 1919

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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.

Several suspects were arrested including a former professional baseball player turned gangster. All were released due to a lack of evidence. Later officials narrowed the murders down to two men. One was never located. The other was shot and killed by Chicago officers on October 26, 1920, after he shot and killed Sergeant Edward W. Marpool of the Chicago Police.

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

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

October 3, 2020

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