August 25, 1883
Salt Lake City Police Department
Marshal Burt was murdered by a deranged man in downtown Salt Lake City. Accompanied by the city water master, the 54-year-old victim officer was searching for a suspect who had earlier threatened the life of a local merchant. When they located the suspect at 200 S. Main, the suspect shot Marshal Burt with a .45-70 caliber rifle. The city water master was wounded but managed to disarm the suspect. Officers took the suspect to the city jail where a large mob soon gathered. The mob stormed the jail and lynched the suspect, dragging his body through the streets behind a team of horses. Marshal Burt was married and the father a large number of children. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by retired Salt Lake City officers Steve and Judy D. Diamond.