Police Officer Lane Burns was shot and killed at about 12:30 am as he and another officer responded to a disturbance at the Motel 6 at 1017 Highway K.
As the officers were approaching the motel room a man exited and immediately opened fire on them with a handgun. Despite being wounded, both officers were able to return fire and killed the subject.
Officer Burns was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. His partner was flown to a trauma center in St. Louis to undergo surgery for a gunshot wound to his leg.
Officer Burns had served with the Bonne Terre Police Department for five years. He is survived by his 9-year-old daughter and fiancée.
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