Monday, July 20, 2009

U.S. police kill man wanted in B.C. campers' slayings

A man wanted in the 1972 slayings of two B.C. campers has died in a shootout with police in New Mexico, shortly after he killed a local sheriff's deputy.

Police said Joseph Henry Burgess, 62, of New Jersey was the suspect known as the Cookie Bandit, and that he killed Sgt. Joe Harris last Thursday. The shootout happened at a cabin in the Jemez Mountains.

Canadian authorities say Burgess was wanted in the 1972 killings of Leis Carlsson and Ann Durrant of Vancouver, who were found shot to death in their tent at Tofino, B.C.

The Cookie Bandit nickname came from the theft of food in break-ins at New Mexico cabins over the past six years.

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