Supervisor Michael Clifton Baskett

Supervisor Michael Clifton Baskett

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Michael Clifton Baskett

Supervisor Michael Baskett was killed after being struck by a motorized delivery cart while supervising inmates inside the food services warehouse at the Federal Medical Center Butner in Butner, North Carolina.

Supervisor Baskett was speaking with a delivery driver when an inmate in another part of the warehouse placed a box of paper on the cart's floorboard. The box accidentally depressed the forklift's accelerator, which caused it to move forward at full speed. As the cart sped across the warehouse floor Supervisor Baskett pushed the delivery driver out of its path, saving her life. The cart struck him, pinning him underneath it.

Several inmates and other officers immediately moved the cart off of him and began CPR, but were unable to revive him.

Supervisor Baskett was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 18 years. He had previously served with the North Carolina Department of Corrections for nine years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two step children.

Bio

  • Age 54
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Location North Carolina

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I have just been notified that I will be riding for Michael Baskett in the Law Enforcement United: Road to Hope bicycle ride in May. I look forward to representing him, his family and friends, as well as his agency.

Officer Stanley Deckert
St. Petersburg Police Department

April 8, 2015

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