Trooper James Scott Burns
Texas Highway Patrol
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 11187
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Weapon Used: Shotgun; 20 gauge
Suspect Info: Committed suicide
Trooper James Burns was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit
in Marion County, Texas, at approximately 8:00 pm. The suspect stopped
his vehicle, exited, and opened fire on Trooper Burns with a shotgun before he was even able to unlatch his seatbelt.
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 fled the scene and committed suicide two days later.
Trooper Burns had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 5 years. He is survived by his Parents, wife and 6-month-old daughter.
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