Officer Kevin Michael Burrell

Officer Kevin Michael Burrell

Compton Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 23, 1993

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Kevin Michael Burrell

Officer Kevin Burrell and Officer James MacDonald were shot and killed while making a traffic stop at the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue and Dwight Avenue.

The subject was a parolee and was in possession of a handgun. The subject was able to break free as the officers attempted to handcuff him. He fired at both officers with another gun he still had concealed on his person.

The man was arrested and convicted of two counts of murdering a police officer and received the death penalty.

Officer Burrell had served with the Compton Police Department for five years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, February 22, 1993
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

parolee, traffic stop

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Kevin you worked patrol with my father Compton Police Officer Jimmy Real. I remember you well, I was fortunate enough to do a ride along with you - my dad told me "if anything goes down you better jump in there and have Burrell's back" You laughed and said " you aint got to worry about that...I'm a lover not a fighter" I remember being impressed with how many citizens knew you and how many friends you had throughout Compton. You were a great beat cop. You said great things about my father and encouraged me to follow in his footsteps .
When I graduated from Rio Hondo Police Academy in January 1993 Jimmy MacDonald was there with my dad. Less than a month later we lost both of you.
I will never forget who you were, the good you did, and how many lives you touched

Police OfficerJames Real
Los Angeles Police Dept

November 6, 2020

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