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Police Officer James T. Sackett, Sr. | St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

James T. Sackett, Sr.

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Friday, May 22, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 450

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Sackett was shot and killed by two suspects after responding to an emergency call. When he arrived he was ambushed from across the street by a suspect with a high-powered rifle. Two suspects associated with the Black Panthers were questioned, but no charges were immediately filed due to lack of evidence.

The two suspects were finally arrested and charged with Officer Sackett's murder in January 2005, 35 years after the murder. Both suspects were sentenced to life in prison in 2006. In 2008 one of the suspects had his conviction overturned and was awarded a new trial. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.

Officer Sackett had served with the St. Paul Police Department for 18 months and had previously served for four years with the United States Air Force. He was survived by his wife and four children.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.

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Many thanks for your service in our country's military and law enforcement. RIP and my condolences to your family.

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