Detectives' Endowment Association, Inc. — Paul DiGiacomo, President

The DEA Honor Roll

Official Line of Duty Deaths

James J. Burke

Rank: Detective

Shield Number: 496

Command: 048 Detective Squad

Date of Death: 12/13/1946

Cause of Death: Shot - Robbery

Detective James Burke was shot and killed on a robbery stakeout in a store on Webster Avenue in the Bronx.  When the two robbery suspects entered, Detective Burke burst from his hiding spot and opened fire on them.  Both men returned fire, killing the detective.


The suspects were apprehended approximately two months later.  Both were sentenced to death and executed on July 22, 1948

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