Patrol Officer James W. Burns

Patrol Officer James W. Burns

Bristol Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Thursday, May 29, 1941

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James W. Burns

Officer Burns was shot and killed by his brother-in-law at a home on Union Street when he responded to a domestic disturbance. His partner was also shot and wounded. After a shootout with other officers on the scene the suspect was arrested.

The 36-year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Burns was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother and eight siblings.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 29, 2015

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