Thursday, May 1, 2008

RIP Trooper James Scott Burns

Taken from the Officer Down Memorial Page:

Trooper James Scott Burns Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Biographical Info
Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 11187
Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large
Trooper James Burns was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit in Marion County, Texas, at approximately 8:00 pm. A citizen used the trooper's radio to inform dispatchers that the trooper had been shot near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 1969 and 729. The suspect remains at large. Trooper Burns had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 5 years. He is survived by his wife and 6-month-old daughter.
Agency Contact Information
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol5805 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX 78752Phone: (512) 424-2000
Please contact the Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.
As reported in the Chronicle, the piece of crap that killed the Trooper was a former officer. From reading the brief mention of his previous law enforcement career I gather the killer was a screw-up as a cop. After he left law enforcement he got arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Yep, he was a f*** up. Hopefully when he is found he will have to be carried out.
My brother called me and told me he'd met Trooper Burns before. Some relatives of his have a store where my brother has a deer lease. On every trip he would stop into the store and buy some deer corn. He told me Trooper Burns was in there with his baby daughter. My brother and he struck up a conversation after telling the Trooper he too, was an officer. It was a pleasant conversation. Then the news broke of Trooper Burns' death and when my brother saw his photograph, he recognized him. It's a damned shame. We all want to know how the killer got the drop on Trooper Burns so as to learn from this tragedy. Rest in Peace brother!

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