Officer James M. Burns

Officer James M. Burns


June 16, 1925

Age: 52
Castle Gate Police Department
Homicide: Handgun

Thirty years after the murder of his father, Castle Gate Night Marshal James M. Burns was shot to death by an unemployed miner. 

Night Marshal Burns was making his rounds when he encountered a suspect from whom he had previously taken a pistol. Marshal Burns was unaware that the suspect had rearmed himself. Without warning, the suspect shot the officer, robbed him, and fled into the mountains above Castle Gate. Marshal Burns died within an hour. The suspect was apprehended several days later. Taken to Price, he was seized and lynched by a large group of men identified as members of the Carbon County Ku Klux Klan. Indictments were brought against several of the perpetrators, but no one was ever prosecuted. Married and the father of six grown children, Marshal Burns is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. 

The bronze memorial name plaque of Night Marshal James M. Burns is sponsored by the Orem Police Employees Association.

Fallen Officers