Patrolman Owen Burns

Patrolman Owen Burns

Steubenville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, November 7, 1926

Owen Burns

Patrolman Owen Burns was shot and killed at a home on South Water Street after responding to a disturbance call. When he arrived at the scene the man causing the disturbance shoved him down. He struck his head on a stove as he fell, allowing the suspect to gain control of his service weapon.

As Patrolman Burns attempted to get up the suspect shot him.

The suspect was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 11, 1926. He was paroled June 22, 1955.

Patrolman Burns had served with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 16

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1955

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman John M. Donnelly of the Steubenville Police Department, Ohio and the additional 67 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 7, 2017

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