Police Officer James T. Sackett, Sr.

Police Officer James T. Sackett, Sr.

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, May 22, 1970

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James T. Sackett, Sr.

Officer Sackett was shot and killed by two suspects after responding to an emergency call. When he arrived he was ambushed from across the street by a suspect with a high-powered rifle. Two suspects associated with the Black Panthers were questioned, but no charges were immediately filed due to lack of evidence.

The two suspects were finally arrested and charged with Officer Sackett's murder in January 2005, 35 years after the murder. Both suspects were sentenced to life in prison in 2006. In 2008 one of the suspects had his conviction overturned and was awarded a new trial. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.

Officer Sackett had served with the St. Paul Police Department for 18 months and had previously served for four years with the United States Air Force. He was survived by his wife and four children.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 450
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I was in the ER when officer Sackett came in to St Paul-Ramsey Hosp that sad night. So glad this officer's assassins finally given justice. A year after this happened when the Black Panthers were strongly suspected of this murder, I had to nervously drive through Oakland, CA on my way to my ship docked at the Oakland Naval Supply Depot. Oakland was the birthplace and headquarters for the Black Panther movement.
So glad that I checked this site tonight. Convicting the shooters does not bring back this young officer, but it is so good to find out justice was finally done.
I hope Officer Sackett's family has done well. God Bless!

David Petersen, MD
self employed, physician

February 19, 2018

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