Patrolman Arthur D. Pettit

Patrolman Arthur D. Pettit

Billings Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Saturday, December 21, 1935

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Arthur D. Pettit

Patrolman Pettit was accidentally shot by another officer's gun.

Patrolman Pettit was attaching a container to a fumigating device when another officer who was helping him bent down and his .38-caliber revolver slipped from his shoulder holster and hit the cement floor. The gun fired and Patrolman Pettit was hit by a bullet that passed through his stomach and liver. He was rushed to the hospital and doctors operated, but the wound proved fatal. He died the next day from the gunshot.

Patrolman Pettit had served with the Billings Police Department for 19 years. He was survived by his wife and three children,


  • Age 61
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Incident Date Friday, December 20, 1935

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Rest in peace Patrolman Pettit.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 10, 2019

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