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Polk County NC
Sunday June 20th, 2021 :: 07:08 p.m. EDT


** No Danger to the Public ** Arrest in Mill Spring Murder ** No Danger to the Public **

Burnett Arrested for First Degree Murder

On Sunday June 20, 2021, at approximately 4:30 PM the Polk County E-911 Communications Center received a report of a possible shooting on Rabbit Run Lane in the Mill Spring community of Polk County. Upon arrival at the residence, Deputies encountered a male subject who had been shot. EMS and First Responders attempted life saving measures but the subject who had been shot succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by medical authorities at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, NC. The deceased has been identified as Justice Ian Burnett, 30, of 30 Rabbit Run Ln. Mill Spring, NC. The family of the deceased has been notified.
The suspect in this homicide was taken into custody near the scene of the shooting by Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies without incident, and there is no threat or danger to the public reported at this time. The suspect in this shooting is the brother of the deceased, Montgomery Graham Burnett, 24, also of 30 Rabbit Run Ln. Mill Spring, NC. Montgomery Graham Burnett has been charged with First Degree Murder. At this time no further information regarding the circumstances of the shooting can be released as some aspects of the investigation are still ongoing.

Polk County NC
Government Complex Dr
Columbus, NC 28722

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