|Birth: ||Mar. 22, 1914|
|Death: ||Jul. 15, 1960|
Sgt Burris, along with Police Officer Bybee, drowned while practicing scuba diving at Lake Lotawana for an underwater recovery unit that the department was forming. At approximately 1600 on that afternoon, the two were spotted by a resident of the lake area and everything seemed alright. However, at approximately 1730, one of the residents noticed Sgt Burris floating face down in the water, and Officer Bybee's body was recovered a short time later. Officer Bybee's tank was empty but Sgt Burris's still had air pressure, so the exact cause of this incident was not known.
Sgt Burris had been wounded in a gun battle in 1948 in which four patrolmen and two suspects, were killed. He was hit twice by bullets fired by a berserk man during the wild shooting that took place at 1334 Paseo, Kansas City, MO.
The gun battle was termed a new record in Kansas City violence, being the worst since five persons were killed in the "Adam God" riot of 1908, and the Union Station Massacre of 1933 in which five were killed including two police detectives.
Sgt Burris had been with the Kansas City Police Department for 10 years and was survived by his wife, Euphemia, and daughter.
Parents; Joseph C. & Velna (Baker) Burris
Forest Hill Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 39.00321, -94.56772
Created by: Ms Martie M
Record added: Jan 25, 2012
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