COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy has died more than 40 years after he was shot while working.
Sheriff John Hanlin said retired Deputy Stanley “Allen” Burdic’s death was directly related to those injuries. Hanlin announced over the weekend that Burdic died March 11, The World reported.
Burdic was hired as a Douglas County deputy in 1979 after a few years at the Canyonville Police Department.
On Aug. 12, 1980, Burdic responded to a reported shooting at the Nutshell Tavern in Myrtle Creek. Hours later, Burdic located the suspect, Jack Flack, at a gravel turnout and Flack opened fire of Burdic, striking him twice.
Flack then stole Burdic’s patrol car, running over his legs while fleeing. Burdic sustained serious injuries from the gunshot wounds, was unable to return to work as a deputy and was medically retired in 1982. He briefly returned to the Canyonville Police Department in 1984 before ongoing pain forced him to retire for good, Hanlin said.
His family said he suffered extreme pain for much of his life and never fully recovered from the incident.
Flack was later captured, convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempted murder and other charges.
“Deputy Burdic’s sacrifice while in service to the citizens of Douglas County, no matter the span of time between the shooting and his death, cannot go unmentioned,” Hanlin said.