ELMIRA — Curtis Burrows, suspected kidnapper and killer who allegedly shot a Big Flats homeowner in November after an unsuccessful kidnapping in the City of Corning, was found dead Tuesday evening in his jail cell from an apparent suicide, according to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.
“Mr. Burrows committed suicide yesterday evening (03/06/18) at approximately 11 p.m. The Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating,” Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss said in a statement.
Burrows was facing charges from an incident in early November that resulted in the death of a Big Flats man. On Nov. 2, 2017, Burrows allegedly unsuccessfully attempted to a kidnap a woman from a Corning city parking lot. He then allegedly proceeded to steal her vehicle and flee the scene, before crashing the vehicle in East Corning and traveling east on foot to a home on Reasor Hollow Road in Big Flats. Police said Burrows allegedly kicked the front door open of the home, confronted 60-year-old homeowner Timothy R. Webster, and allegedly shot and killed him. Afterward, Burrows allegedly stole a set of keys to a vehicle and fled the scene to Pennsylvania.
Burrows was facing multiple charges, including first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and attempted kidnapping.