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Ex-officer shot dead at Sardis police station

Man caught breaking into the station's evidence room, GBI says

Monday, June 10, 2013 8:02 AM
Last updated 11:49 PM
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Dwayne Burke, 34, a former Sardis, Ga., policeman, was fatally shot early Monday after apparently breaking into the evidence room of the police station where he once worked.

Former Sardis, Ga., police officer Dwayne Burke had been arrested in 2010, 2012.  THE TRUE CITIZEN
THE TRUE CITIZEN
Former Sardis, Ga., police officer Dwayne Burke had been arrested in 2010, 2012.

An unidentified Sardis police officer on duty said he found evidence that the police station had been broken into about 2 a.m., said Pat Morgan, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge. He summoned a Burke County sheriff’s deputy; they investigated and found Burke armed with an ax. A struggle followed, and the Sardis officer shot Burke, Morgan said.

According to previous news stories in The True Citizen newspaper of Waynesboro and the Sylvania Telephone, Burke had a recent history of legal trouble.

The officer, referred to by some locals as “Robocop,” resigned from Sardis in December 2009. He had been investigated by the GBI after text-message photos of him unclothed in the Sardis police restroom were transmitted.

In a resignation letter, Burke said he was leaving for a higher-paying job.

GBI agents later confirmed he took the photos at the police headquarters but cleared him of any allegations.

Five months later, he was arrested by GBI agents in Sylvania on charges of terroristic threats and acts.

The GBI told The True Citizen the charges stemmed from a May 2009 incident in which Burke was accused of dressing in a mask and breaking out windows at two Sardis homes. He fled when a homeowner fired a shotgun into the air. Burke had made numerous attempts to serve warrants at the home the previous day and complained that the residents were uncooperative.

In July 2010, he was arrested after a traffic stop in coastal Georgia’s McIntosh County. Burke told the officer he was a military police officer. He quickly recanted, produced a Screven County Sheriff’s Office badge and claimed to be an officer. Burke had previously worked in Screven County as a jailer.

Officer found two handguns, a number of prescription drugs and 76 Ecstasy pills in his possession.

In July 2012, Burke surrendered to Sylvania authorities after warrants were taken out in connection with a Sylvania residential burglary involving the theft of $16,000 in jewelry.

Morgan said that the investigation into the Sardis Police Department shooting is in its early stages and that agents have not been able to determine what was taken from the evidence room.

He said it is not unusual for the police station to be left unstaffed at night. At the small department, there is usually only one officer on duty at night.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/10/13 - 09:10 am
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Small station

Danger is everywhere......we see more & more of this...

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/10/13 - 09:36 am
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He was stealing stuff from a POLICE STATION EVIDENCE ROOM??

Wow.
He ought to get some kind of reward, albeit posthumous, for a combination of stupidity and b----s, er, "guts," for this.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/10/13 - 09:41 am
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You
Unpublished

reap what you sow.

Pops
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Pops 06/10/13 - 10:11 am
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The family

will demand an investigation...........claim they could have talked him into giving up without shooting. He was a good man.....just starting to turn his life around......blah blah blah......

AjavaCafe
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AjavaCafe 06/10/13 - 10:29 am
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WJBF Report

WJBF is reporting the deceased was a former Sardis Police Officer.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/10/13 - 11:36 am
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Clearly, a disturbed

Clearly, a disturbed individual. Probably another casualty of the war on drugs.

georgia-florida
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georgia-florida 06/10/13 - 12:17 pm
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Sardis resident

From what I've seen and heard, police officers like Mr. Burke here were all too common in Sardis for far too long. Crappy crooked individuals who were hired because no other department wanted them. Maybe some higher standards of hiring would have prevented this guy from knowing the one officer per shift situation and thinking he could probably score some drugs from the evidence room while the night officer was patrolling. I hate that one of the officers in my city was put in a position to have to end someone's life.

CricketSeranade
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CricketSeranade 06/10/13 - 04:41 pm
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Can you imagine

what it's like for the officer who shot him? Especially if he knew him and worked with him.

I can't believe someone would be so stupid as to break into a police station and then attack an armed officer with an AX! This guy had to be desperate or on drugs to have even contemplated doing something this moronic.

As far as the rest of the force goes, I will not allow this incident to taint my opinion of them. Georgia-Florida, I have heard things about a certain high ranking official you probably know and his deputies, but while the rumors have flown for many years, I have seen no evidence to support them. I have had many opportunities over the years to come in contact with these officers and have found them to be polite, respectful, and courteous.

Please don't let a bunch of heresay affect your opinion of a group of people who are often over-worked and under-paid, who are putting their lives on the line every time they put on the uniform. If the department was as dirty as you have heard, this individual would still be working there.

KSL
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KSL 06/10/13 - 07:18 pm
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GAD

He doesn't look right, in that picture.

IAmISaid
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IAmISaid 06/10/13 - 07:47 pm
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Why was he not in prison in the first place?
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"In July 2010 he was arrested after a traffic stop in coastal Georgia’s McIntosh County. Burke told the officer he was a military police officer. He quickly recanted and produced a Screven County Sheriff’s Office badge and claimed to be an officer there. Burke had previously worked in Screven County as a jailer.

Officer found two handguns, a number of prescription drugs and 76 Ecstasy pills in his possession.

In July 2012, Burke surrendered to Sylvania authorities after warrants were taken out in connection with a Sylvania residential burglary involving the theft of $16,000 in jewelry."

Possession of firearms while carrying enough Ecstasy to warrant a trafficking (not mere possession but a TRAFFICKING charge)? Impersonating a police officer? Grand theft?

How on earth was he not already in prison? Who has been letting this scum of the earth out of jail?

KSL
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KSL 06/10/13 - 11:00 pm
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That would be a good

That would be a good question. It seems like the court system is failing the American people and, in particular, law enforcement, who is doing its job. Everybody but the criminals and their lawyers and the courts.

KSL
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KSL 06/11/13 - 12:27 am
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How do you expect people to

How do you expect people to come forward and identify people in their neighbourhoods if they are soon going to be out and take revenge? Or have others do it for them?

Our society is sick at the bottom, thanks to the liberal thinking. The lower income poor in the 80's realized better than the do good liberals where it was headed.

And that is giving the all knowing libs the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they knew exactly what they were doing. But their selfishness totally screwed the people they claimed to be trying to help.

KSL
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KSL 06/11/13 - 12:36 am
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Punishment needs to fit the

Punishment needs to fit the crime needs to take the place of juvenile defenders They know far more than they used to.

Guntoter 2
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Guntoter 2 06/11/13 - 10:54 am
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ANOTHER ONE.
Unpublished

Oh well another one bites da dust..cased closed.

DIANE POTTER
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DIANE POTTER 06/28/13 - 11:01 pm
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KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT

FIRST THINGS FIRST, THIS PERSON YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IS/WAS MY ONLY SON. HE HAS NEVER HAD ANY ECSTACY AND I HAVE THE PAPERS FROM THE MCINTOSCH COUNTY OFFICERS THAT WROTE THE REPORTS. SENCOND, HE NEVER PRODUCED ANY IDENTIFICATION IN THAT TRAFIC STOP, O HAVE THE LAWYER AND OFFICERS REPORTS TO PROVE THEY LOOKED IN HIS BAGS AND FOUND HIS BADGES WHERE HE (WAS FOR CERTAIN) A MILITARY POLICE AND WORKED AT THE SCREVEN COUNTY JAIL. HE WOULD NOT TALK AT ALL TO THEM BECAUSE HE KNEW BETTER THAN TO GIVE THEM INFORMATION BECAUSE HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST COPS EVER. BEING GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO CREATES A LOT OF JEALOUSLY AND THERE WERE LOTS OF THAT. MY SON HAS BEEN AQUITTED OF EVERY THING HE HAS EVER BEEN ACCUSED OF. THIS IS THE REASON HE WAS NOT IN JAIL. HE HAD ONES ESPECIALLY ONE LAW OFFICIAL OUT TO GET HIM FOR SEVEN YEARS AND WOULD NOT LET HIM ALONE JUST TO PROVE A POINT AND GET A STAR IN HIS BADGE. WELL I GUESS YOU GOT IT NOW BECAUSE HE IS GONE AND WILL NEVER BE HERE AGAIN. I LOVED MY SON AND MISS HIM DEARLY. YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU GO TO CRITICIZING SOMEONE WHEN YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT. EVERYONE HAS GOOD IN THEM AND MY SON DID. PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES. AND THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NEVER SINNED OR ARE DOING NO WRONG NOW, CAST THE FIRST STONE AT MY SON AND ME.
WE ALL HAVE CHILDREN AND NONE OF US ARE PERFECT

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