Bonne Terre officer killed in the line of duty coming home to Carthage for burial

Carthage native and graduate Officer Lane Burns was killed in the line of duty Thursday, March 17, 2022. Photo provided

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Bonne Terre Police Officer and Carthage native Lane Burns will be brought back home on Sunday and buried Harvey Cemetery in rural Jasper County near LaRussell.

Burns, 30, was shot and killed while on duty in Bonne Terre on March 17.

He and a partner, Cpl. Garrett Worley, 27, were responding to a report of a disturbance at a motel in the east-central Missouri community when a man came out of a room on the ground floor and opened fire on the officers.


They returned fire and killed the officer, but Burns later died at a hospital and Worley was seriously injured.

Burns, a 2009 graduate of Carthage High School graduated from the Mineral Area Community College Law Enforcement Academy, had worked as a Bonne Terre police officer for five years.

He is survived by a girlfriend, a nine-year-old daughter and five-year-old son.

The procession for Burns will travel from Bonne Terre on Sunday morning and is expected in Carthage after 1 p.m.

It will come into town on Highway 96 near Kellogg Lake and turn south on Garrison Avenue and travel to Fairview Avenue. It will turn east on Fairview and head out of town on County Route E and F to the Harvey Cemetery near the Liberty Utilities power plant southwest of LaRussell.

Carthage Fire Chief Ryan Huntley said several area fire departments will be standing by with flags on ladder trucks at a number of locations, including Central and Garrison, the Carthage Fire Station at Chestnut and Garrison and others.

He said firefighters are setting up around 1 p.m. for planned arrival of the procession around 1:45 p.m.

He recommended that people wanting to pay their respects gather at a spot on the route through town.