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Patrol Officer Arthur H. Bassett | Rockford Police Department, Illinois Rockford Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

Arthur H. Bassett

Rockford Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, September 22, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 52

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Never apprehended

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Officer Arthur Bassett was shot and killed during a disturbance while he was off duty.

Officer Bassett was riding in his vehicle with his girlfriend having turned onto Michigan Avenue from South Central when another vehicle pulled in behind them. The four male occupants of the vehicle began yelling at Officer Bassett and his girlfriend before the males ordered the female companion into the rear of Officer Bassett's vehicle with the threat of being shot.

Officer Bassett exited his vehicle with his weapon and a gunbattle took place, resulting in Officer Bassett being shot through the heart. Officer Bassett was able to return fire, striking at least one of the suspects who was then carried away from the scene by the other suspects. Officer Bassett died at the scene and the four suspects were never apprehended.

Officer Bassett had served with the Rockford Police Department for three years.

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May Officer Bassett rest in peace and thank him and his family for the ultimate sacrifice.

Chief Chet Epperson
Rockford Police Chief of Police
October 10, 2013


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