Ryan Burkhardt commits suicide awaiting sentencing
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
A man who confessed to trying to shoot and kill a Mobile police officer has committed suicide at Mobile Metro Jail. Ryan Burkhardt was in jail awaiting sentencing.
After the shooting, Local 15's Greg Peterson talked with the officer Burkhardt came so close to murdering. His scars now tell a story. He says they remind him of when life tried to break him.. he's an undercover cop, so we continue to mask his identity.
It was April 1st of last year; a a half dozen officers were trying to arrest Ryan Burkhardt wanted for selling guns and meth. When Burkhardt tried to get away, this officer tackled him to the ground. Burkhardt ripped 3 bullets through the officer, one in each leg and one in the gut.
His life was saved in the ER. The man who shot him has since pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Ryan Burkhardt was awaiting sentencing at Mobile Metro Jail. Today he took his own life. He was found hanging in his cell .