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  1. PapaBear

    PapaBear MassCops Member

    DPS trooper shot, killed in Texas

    Associated Press
    Originally published 07:45 a.m., April 30, 2008
    Updated 07:45 a.m., April 30, 2008





    Law enforcement officials early Wednesday morning continued a multi-county manhunt across East Texas in search of a suspect who shot and killed a Department of Public Safety trooper involved in a high-speed chase Tuesday night.

    DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said the shooting occurred just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 1969 and 729 just northeast of Lake O' The Pines and west of Kellyville.

    Authorities identified the trooper as James Scott Burns, who was 39 and married.

    Mange said a citizen got on the trooper's radio and called in to the dispatcher that Burns had been shot. Authorities are looking for a 1997 blue Dodge Intrepid with Texas license 039-LCG.
    Kellyville is about 135 miles east of Dallas.

    Before Tuesday, 82 DPS troopers had died in the line of duty. The last death came on March 14, 2007, when the patrol car of Trooper Todd Dylan Holmes was struck broadside by an 18-wheeler as he attempted to cross the highway to pursue a vehicle.
     
  2. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    Law enforcement officers throughout Texas are looking for Brandon Wayne Robertson, above, who fatally shot DPS Trooper James Scott Burns Tuesday night.​

    Texas trooper fatally shot



    The Associated Press

    KELLYVILLE, Texas — Law enforcement officials early Wednesday morning continued a multi-county manhunt across East Texas in search of a suspect who shot and killed a Department of Public Safety trooper involved in a high-speed chase Tuesday night.
    DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said the shooting occurred just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 1969 and 729 just northeast of Lake O’ The Pines and west of Kellyville.
    Authorities identified the trooper as James Scott Burns, who was 39 and married.
    Mange said a citizen got on the trooper’s radio and called in to the dispatcher that Burns had been shot. Authorities are looking for a 1997 blue Dodge Intrepid with Texas license 039-LCG.
    Kellyville is about 135 miles east of Dallas.
    Before Tuesday, 82 DPS troopers had died in the line of duty. The last death came on March 14, 2007, when the patrol car of Trooper Todd Dylan Holmes was struck broadside by an 18-wheeler as he attempted to cross the highway to pursue a vehicle.


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    Texas Trooper Shot, Killed During Pursuit

    MALENA OGLES

    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.

    Story From: The Tyler Morning Telegraph

    UPDATE: Man Wanted for Allegedly Killing Trooper is Former Police Officer

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    Courtesy Gregg County Sheriff

    Brandon Wayne Robertson

    By KENNETH DEAN
    Staff Writer
    COPYRIGHT 2008, Tyler Morning Telegraph

    The man who is the subject of a regionwide manhunt after allegedly killing a Texas state trooper was once a peace officer himself.


    Records with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education show the man wanted for the shooting death of trooper James Scott Burns, 39, of Linden during a high speed chase Tuesday night is a former lawman in Rusk County.


    Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Jean Dark said they are seeking 37-year-old Tyler resident Brandon Wayne Robertson in connection with Burns’ death.
    Burns was killed when he was shot several times while in his patrol car. The shooting occurred 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.

    DPS officials say a local citizen who attempted to provide aid to the trooper used Burns’ radio to call for help.


    Troopers developed the suspect’s name after talking to an incarcerated man who once owned the car involved in the incident.


    Dark said officials are seeking information to the whereabouts of Robertson and the blue 1997 Dodge Intrepid bearing Texas license plate 039-LCG that he was last seen driving.


    Dark said Robertson was last known to have lived just north of Tyler in the Eagle Creek subdivision in a travel trailer.


    The TCLOSE records show that Robertson worked for the Overton Police Department, the Kilgore Police Department and the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. The record indicates he last served as a peace officer in 1999 when he left the Overton department, and shows he was a seven-year veteran officer who has been trained in police tactics.


    After leaving law enforcement, Robertson turned to crime and did four years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system for narcotics.


    The Gregg County Judicial Web site shows Robertson has a criminal history including unlawful carrying of a weapon, possession and manufacture/delivery of controlled substance and theft. Robertson is considered armed and extremely dangerous.


    Burns was the 83rd trooper in the agency’s history to be killed in the line of duty.
    Anyone with information about Robertson is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

    Updated Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 11:36 a.m. CDT
     
  3. PapaBear

    PapaBear MassCops Member

    The Suspect's vehicle and license number.





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  4. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

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    AP Photo/Texas Department of Public Safety

    Trooper James Scott Burns
     
  5. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    Re: Trooper James Scott Burns

    Tyler man sought in trooper's killing found dead
    [SIZE=-1]Houston Chronicle - <NOBR>51 minutes ago</NOBR>[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]© 2008 AP LINDEN, Texas - The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Department of Public Safety trooper killed himself in East Texas on Thursday as authorities closed in on his location, DPS said.[/SIZE]
     
  6. Mozzarella

    Mozzarella MassCops Member

    R.I.P. Trooper.... God bless the Mrs. and the 5-month-old daughter.
     
  7. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Trooper's suspected killer found dead



    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.

    Information From: AP Wire Service


    Trooper Murder Suspect Found Dead; Girlfriend Arrested


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    Brandon Wayne Robertson


    By MALENA OGLES
    Staff Writer

    An alleged cop killer, who was once an officer himself, reportedly took his own life Thursday as police closed in on him after an extensive manhunt.


    Brandon Wayne Robertson, 37, was found dead at around 5 p.m. from a apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near the blue Dodge Intrepid that multiple law enforcement agencies had been searching for since Tuesday.


    The car and Robertson were found off Texas Highway 8 on County Road 1347 near Morris Lake in Cass County.


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    Trooper James Scott Burns



    A capital murder warrant was issued Wednesday for Robertson in connection with the killing of Department of Public Safety Trooper James Scott Burns, 39, who was shot multiple times inside his patrol car after a high speed chase in Marion County near Lake O’ the Pines Tuesday evening. Burns, a five-year veteran of the department, was killed before he had the chance to remove his seatbelt. A witness used the trooper’s radio to call dispatch.


    DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said law enforcement agencies from across East Texas tracked Robertson through information gained from calls he made to a local 911 dispatch center.


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    Several East Texas businesses and district attorneys’ offices put up a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for the trooper’s death.


    “Some of those tips were very helpful. We also used other law enforcement aids in tracking him down,” Ms. Mange said.


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    Jennifer Lynne Petrick


    An alleged accomplice, 36-year-old Jennifer Lynne Petrick, was taken into custody at the scene. Police said Ms. Petrick, Robertson’s girlfriend, will be charged and booked into the Cass County jail, but are not saying what those charges will be.


    “There are a variety of things they are trying to figure out, what they can prove and go from there,” Ms. Mange said.


    Dozens of East Texas law enforcement agencies assisted in the DPS search for Robertson, including the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, the Longview Police Department as well as district attorney’s offices from Bowie, Cass, Marion and Smith counties.


    “It’s very gratifying when numerous law enforcement agencies are able to work together for a common goal, which was to apprehend this person,” Ms. Mange said.


    Robertson, whose last known residence was in Smith County, was a former law enforcement officer in several East Texas departments. Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) records show Robertson worked for the Overton Police Department, the Kilgore Police Department and the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office. In 1999, he left law enforcement work and turned to a life of crime, serving four years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system for narcotics charges.


    Burns was the 83rd trooper in the agency’s history to be killed in the line of duty.


    His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Linden.


    Staff Writer Kenneth Dean contributed to this report.


    http://www.tylerpaper.com/article/20080502/NEWS01/805020304
     

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