Officer Bradley Thomas Arn

Officer Bradley Thomas Arn

St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, November 10, 1998

Bradley Thomas Arn

Officer Arn was shot and killed as he responded to a call of a man walking down the street firing an assault rifle. Officer Arn was the first officer on the scene and was shot once in the head while still driving his cruiser. The suspect continued walking down the street, shooting randomly, until he was cornered by other responding officers and shot and killed. The suspect, dressed in camouflage and firing an automatic assault rifle, had an additional shotgun and bullets strapped to his body. Officer Arn is the first St. Joseph officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty since 1944.
Officer Bradley Arn served six years and was a Gulf War veteran. He is survived by his wife and two-year-old twin daughters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; MK-90
  • Offender Shot and killed by other officers

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Great guy, great cop. Died going toward the danger. He will always be respected and beloved for what he was and what he did by all of us who remember him. God Bless his family for their sacrifice.

Retired Police Commander
St. Joseph, MO, PD

November 10, 2016

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