Archived Story

Murder suspect shot

Published 10:20am Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FRANKLIN—The night Eric “E.T.” Smith was murdered, suspect Sol “Dukey” Damacus Burke was also shot, Franklin police said.

Taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Burke was treated for the wound to his leg, his mother, Kim Burke, told The Tidewater News on Monday.

As of Tuesday, Burke remained on the run for first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Smith when Smith answered the door to his mother’s Pearl Street home on Nov. 8. The 30-year-old died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital of a single gunshot wound.

Franklin police last week charged a 17-year-old boy from Emporia with first-degree murder. They also charged Rowan D. Bruff, 29, of Franklin for allegedly driving the vehicle used that night and possessing a gun by a convicted felon.

Police Lt. Tim Whitt acknowledged that Burke, 25, of Suffolk was shot that night, but could not identify the suspect. Burke’s mother believes it was Smith.

“I’m unable to answer that for you right now,” Whitt said. “The investigation is still in progress.”

The murder has forced Kim Burke from her home at Southampton Meadows Mobile Home Park.

“We’ve had threats that they were going to blow my trailer off the map and were going to shoot my home up,” she said.

The 47-year-old assumes the threats came from the Smith family.

She also claims that E.T. Smith about a month earlier beat up her son during an attempted robbery in Southampton County’s Kingsdale area. Three of Smith’s cousins apparently held him down during the beating, which resulted in Sol Burke’s eye popping out of its socket.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated a Sept. 29 assault on Burke, but said he refused to cooperate. Investigators also indicated Smith was not involved in “any way, shape or fashion.”

Sol Burke was treated and released at Southampton Memorial Hospital, officials said.

“When he came home, his eye started to bleed and I took him to Sentara Obici,” Kim Burke said.

Sol Burke was treated at the Suffolk hospital, and when he got home, he blew his nose and his eyeball popped out. He was taken to Norfolk General, where he was kept overnight.

Released from prison in August after serving three years for drug charges, Sol Burke “tried to submit himself to the Lord,” his mother said.

He planned to attend Tidewater Community College in the spring and was attempting to turn his life around.

Kim Burke, who has not heard from her son since two days after the murder and is unaware of his whereabouts, doesn’t believe Smith’s murder was premeditated.

“It’s not like my son sat and planned this murder,” Kim Burke said. “I mean this is something my son (wouldn’t do).”

Her heart goes out to Laverne Smith, the mother of E.T. Smith.

“I’m not happy this boy is dead,” Kim Burke said. “I’m a Christian. It hurt me so bad to see my son hurt like that and for her son to be killed like that in her home . . . We are very sorry for her loss.”

“He may be dead, but I feel like I lost my son as well,” she said.

 

  • pink333

    Well I guess thats what happens when u have a touch screen.. just keep your dumb opinions to yourself.. that’s what’s wrong with the world now…bi**he’s like u that don’t know a damn thing but be the first to put throw anything out..

    Suggest Removal

  • pink333

    Thomasmore shut the fuck up et was not a gang banger he worked and took care of his family. Et changed a lot from years ago
    . He didn’t mess with no one.. I’m tired of ppl posting shit about ppl.and don’t know shit

    Suggest Removal

    • thomasmore

      @pink333: I take it you knew Mr. Smith. Your limited use of vocabulary just reinstates your ignorance and more importantly displays how how you are no different than the infestation of crime this great city is currently enduring. “You when some, you loose some.” You should pick up a dictionary. I believe the words you were looking for were “win” and “lose”. I payed attention in school. You embarass yourself. Also, there are no innocent fights. Someone is always the victim. Oh and as for the language, I can’t even believe that the Tidewater News would condone see fit to keep it on their website.

      Suggest Removal

  • thomasmore

    So E.T. Smith isn’t the “innocent victim” that he was originally painted to be by his dear old mother, as well as his other family members. “Always made people laugh” and “had just a great personality”. Funny. Perhaps, “was a trmendous gangbanger” wasn’t as catchy a phrase. You sleep with dogs, you get fleas folks. Sorry, but if this guy was involved in a fight like the one described, he got what was coming to him. Likewise, the other guy is no prize either. Let the animals wipe each other out, as long as the law-abiding folks aren’t caught up in it.

    Suggest Removal

    • myworld197377

      I wonder how you would feel it it was one of your love ones that was at home and shot and killed. Regardless of what color he was he was still someone child and father. I dare you down this man and hide behind a screen name to hide the hatered thats clearly in your heart. I pray that the police will find this man and bring him to justice. And i will pray that the spirit of hatered be lifted from your heart and mind to know that it is always two sides to a story and for you to sit and say let them kill each other is shocking to me that you would waste time writing that nonsense.

      Suggest Removal

      • thomasmore

        I stand by my words. You don’t want your life to get mixed up with gangbangers, don’t put yourself in that kind of a situation. Don’t associate with those people. I also find it amusing myworld197377 that you brought race into the converation. Being an idiot has nothing to do with what race you are. This man had kids. He had a responsibility to take care of these kids. Now they don’t have a father. I got hatred in my heart? YOU BET I DO! I take issue with ANYONE that has kids and gets caught up with things that could potentially hurt their children. It’s called the “big picture” myworld197377. Oh and head69, just because he wasn’t in the police’s database doesn’t mean he was innocent. It just means he was smart enough not to get caught doing anything illegal. Unfortuantely for his kids, he wasn’t smart enough to NOT get mixed up with the wrong crowd.

        Suggest Removal

    • head69

      @thomasmore he was no gang banger this man mother trying to make it seem like he was a bad guy didnt you see that the police his name not even in the system for drugs or gang things so before you talk bout people make sure you know facts R.I.P. ET i pray for your mother and family and i hope they fine him

      Suggest Removal

  • babygirl2012

    So sad guns are not the answer…its praying time im praying for both families

    Suggest Removal

  • employee2

    Aren’t hospitals required by law to call in the Police for gun-shot wounds?

    Suggest Removal

    • SandMan

      Yes, employee2….NNPD was called, since he drove past three hospitals to go to Riverside. NNPD called SoCo S/O.Most people north of Smithfield don’t know the location of Franklin.They either think it’s part of SoCo, or Franklin County.

      Suggest Removal

    • myworld197377

      I read the story in the new paper but my thing is this when the mother talked to him she should have told her son to turn his self in. Why was she not taken in it shows that she had contact with him and more than likely knows where he is at. She stated she loss a son wow her son still have life in his body and strength to keep running from the police. So he can not be hurt bad enough that he still running from the law. She also stated that her son was trying to give his life to the Lord but his actions are far from the actions that Jesus would have taken.

      Suggest Removal

  • Knowledge

    You know he is guilty why didnt he just go to southampton memorial if it was that serious of a wound. He probably shot himself.

    Suggest Removal

  • RWH

    That trailer park has more felons per acre than Sussex I & II combined.

    Suggest Removal

  • zuni1

    Gee. A man accused of murder is innocent in his mother’s eyes. Who couldn’t predict this? This guy is a thug that upped his game and finally killed someone. He should have never been let out of prison.

    Suggest Removal

Editor's Picks