Officer George Staples Burroughs

Officer George Staples Burroughs

Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, May 6, 1921

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George Staples Burroughs

Officer Burroughs was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Westfield Street. While at the scene he became engaged in a struggle with the suspect who beat him with a board and flower pot before shooting him in the abdomen.

Within a few days the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In 1923 his sentence was commuted to life.

Officer Burroughs had been with the agency for 12 years.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Officer Burroughs,
Sir, even though it’s been 100 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Greenville.


United States Border Patrol

May 7, 2021

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