More than 40 years after he was shot twice in the line of duty, a former Douglas County, OR, sheriff's deputy has died, and Sheriff John Hanlin said his death was directly related to the injuries he sustained in 1980.
Hanlin announced over the weekend that retired Deputy Stanley "Allen" Burdic died March 11, saying he was saddened by the line-of-duty death, Yahoo News reports.
On Aug. 12, 1980, Deputy Burdic responded to a report of a shooting at the Nutshell Tavern in Myrtle Creek. Sometime early in the moring of August 13, Burdic located the suspect, Jack Flack, at a gravel turnout north of the Myrtle Creek Bridge near Interstate 5. The suspect opened fire on Burdic, striking him twice. Flack then stole Burdic's patrol car, running over his legs while fleeing the scene.
Flack was later captured, convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempted murder and other charges.
Burdic sustained serious injuries from his gunshot wounds, including a grazed spine. He was medically retired in 1982.