Patrol Officer James William Burns

Patrol Officer James William Burns

Bristol Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Thursday, May 29, 1941

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James William 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 a U.S Army veteran of WWI and had served with the Bristol Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother and eight siblings.

Bio

  • Age 47
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

domestic

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Never to be forgotten. RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

October 13, 2022

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