Marshal Burrell E. Dawkins

Marshal Burrell E. Dawkins

Ocala Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, March 1, 1881

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Burrell E. Dawkins

Marshal Dawkins was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man in downtown Ocala near Broadway Street and Magnolia Avenue. The suspect was acquitted of murder.

Marshal Dawkins was the elected marshal and had been with the agency for 12 years. He was the fourth black law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in Florida.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

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Marshal Dawkins,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ocala.


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March 1, 2021

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