Detective James Addison Avant

Detective James Addison Avant

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, July 24, 1986

James Addison Avant

Detective Avant, Investigator Kevin Brosch of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and Trooper Charles Bassing of the Arkansas State Police, were killed in a helicopter accident.

The three officers were being trained by DEA agents as spotters for a marijuana eradication program. The aircraft was taking off when it experienced a mechanical failure and crashed into the ground. The helicopter, which had just been refueled, burst into flames. All three officers were burned to death as a result.

Detective Avant had been employed with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for one year, and is survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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FBI - Little Rock

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