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04-30-08, 10:25 AM
happened last night, R.I.P.
04-30-08, 10:44 AM
Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Updated: April 30th, 2008 10:06 AM EDT
KELLYVILLE, Texas -- A multi-county manhunt was under way Tuesday night for a man involved in the fatal shooting of a Marion County Department of Public Safety trooper.
Trooper Jean Dark with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the shooting happened just before 8 p.m. by the intersection of Farm-to Market roads 1969 and 729 north east of Lake 0' The Pines near Kellyville.
The trooper, identified as James Scott Burns, 39, was involved in a high speed chase along FM 1969 when he was shot.
Dark said the vehicle the officer was pursuing, a blue Dodge Intrepid, was registered to Daniel Umphries, 24, of Tyler.
Authorities did not say Umphries is the shooter, only that they are looking for him and the vehicle.
Members of the Umphries family, however, told the Tyler Paper that the Tyler man is currently behind bars at the Bradshaw unit serving a sentence for a state jail felony and will not be eligible for parole for another 14 months. The family member said Umphries sold the car four or five months ago.
Dark said a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy assisting Burns reported the shooting to dispatch.
Police were still on the lookout for the vehicle. Authorities encourage anyone with information on the vehicle, Texas license plate 039-LCG, to contact law enforcements officials immediately.
"There is a multi jurisdiction effort to find this vehicle," Dark said.
Republished with permission of The Tyler Morning Telegraph.
odmp.org link (http://odmp.org/officer/19352-trooper-james-scott-burns)
04-30-08, 05:50 PM
I had been enjoying the lack of posts in this part of the forum lately.
04-30-08, 08:35 PM
R.I.P. Brother. We'll take it from here.
Rest In Peace.
Former police officer suspected of killing state trooper in East Texas
09:37 PM CDT on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Associated Press
KELLYVILLE, Texas – Authorities searched Wednesday for a former police officer identified as a suspect in the slaying of a state trooper Tuesday night.
Trooper James Scott Burns, 39, was killed after pulling over a car just west of Kellyville in Marion County, near Lake O' the Pines, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A passer-by saw Officer Burns after the shooting and used the trooper's radio to call for help.
Authorities issued a statewide search for Brandon Wayne Robertson, 37, of Tyler. He had not been formally charged as of Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Robertson was an East Texas police officer for seven years at departments in Rusk County, Overton and Kilgore, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. He left law enforcement in 1999.
Authorities described Mr. Robertson as white with green eyes and red hair, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 250 pounds. Authorities are also looking for a 1997 blue Dodge Intrepid with Texas license 039-LCG.
A group of East Texas businesses and district attorney's offices are offering a $30,000 award for information leading to the arrest and indictment of Officer Burns' killer.
He is the 83rd state trooper to die in the line of duty, according to DPS. He is survived by a wife and a 5-month-old child.
05-01-08, 10:06 AM
R. I. P.
05-01-08, 05:35 PM
We had the bulletin/photo/other info posted on the podium in our muster room Tuesday night (or maybe Wednesday night). Don't know what time it was posted.
Rest In Peace.
[I]Former police officer suspected of killing state trooper in East Texas
Well thats FUKKD UP! Like we don't have enough cops getting attacked and killed by the regular folks... It always urks me when a former cop is involved!
Thoughts and prayers sent.
05-01-08, 09:40 PM
Radio news blurb has him found dead of a self-inflicted GSW.:mad:
No official confirmation as of yet.
05-02-08, 11:11 AM
Posted: Friday, May 2, 2008
Updated: May 2nd, 2008 09:37 AM EDT
The Associated Press
LINDEN, Texas --
A former police officer suspected in the fatal shooting of a state trooper killed himself Thursday as authorities closed in on his location, officials said.
Brandon Wayne Robertson, 37, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a brushy area off a county road just outside Linden in Cass County. The Department of Public Safety said authorities had been tracking him with the help of several calls he made to 911 and calls others made to a tip line.
Department spokeswoman Sylvia Jennings said Robertson called 911 one final time Thursday when he heard a police helicopter circling overhead. "So at that point we knew we were at the right location," she said.
Robertson was named in a capital murder warrant in the death of Trooper James Scott Burns, who was killed Tuesday night after pulling over a car near Lake O' The Pines in eastern Texas.
Burns didn't have a chance to remove his seat belt as he stopped his patrol car, just before getting shot multiple times with a shotgun, authorities said. A passer-by later used the trooper's radio to call for help.
Robertson was an eastern Texas police officer for seven years at departments in Rusk County, Overton and Kilgore, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. He left law enforcement in 1999 and was on parole for a drug possession charge.
Cass County Sheriff James Estes said investigators found evidence that Robertson and his girlfriend had slept in an abandoned barn just off the county road.
Robertson's girlfriend was taken into custody at the barn Thursday. DPS said criminal charges are pending against her.
Robertson was arrested by Department of Public Safety troopers as recently as April 6, when he was charged in Cherokee County with possession of a controlled substance. He posted a $7,500 bond the next day.
"I have had my share of troubles in the past after becoming addicted to pain medication when I was injured in a vehicle accident that brought an (eight-year) career in law enforcement to an end," Robertson wrote in a letter to a judge in 2006 in which he pleaded for probation for the drug possession charge.
He served about six months of his four-year prison sentence and was paroled in April 2007.
DPS trooper and spokeswoman Sylvia Jennings has said she did not know what prompted the pursuit that ended with Burns' death.
Burns, 39, is survived by a wife and a 5-month-old daughter.
05-02-08, 11:28 AM
05-05-08, 03:26 AM
As an employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety I can not even describe the pain we all feel when hearing the news of any slain law enforcement officer. It really hits home when one of our own is taken. Since I began my service with TXDPS in 1996 Nine Texas Troopers have lost their lives in the line of duty. Trooper Burns makes Ten. That is Ten too many. I ask that you please continue to pray for the Burns family and for our TXDPS family as we grieve and try to make sense of this tragedy. Trooper Burns will never be forgotten.