Police Officer Richard P. Burns

Police Officer Richard P. Burns

Newark Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, February 23, 1975

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Richard P. Burns

Officer Richard Burns was shot and killed when he attempted to intervene in a robbery at a downtown tavern.

Officer Burns was inside the tavern when several men entered and announced a robbery. Officer Burns attempted to arrest the men and exchanged shots with them. The officer was able to wound one of the suspects but was mortally wounded himself.

All of the suspects were apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. One of the suspects died in prison and the other two were eventually paroled.

Officer Burns is survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 575

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Richie was partners and very close friends with my father, the late Sam Davis, Badge 118. 4th Pct.
I remember that it was the first time I saw my Dad cry.

Sam Davis's son, William "Skip
Newark PD

January 8, 2021

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