Detective James Addison Avant

Detective James Addison Avant

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, July 24, 1986

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James Addison Avant

Detective Avant, Investigator Kevin Brosch of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and Trooper Charles Bassing of the Arkansas State Police, were killed in a helicopter accident.

The three officers were being trained by DEA agents as spotters for a marijuana eradication program. The aircraft was taking off when it experienced a mechanical failure and crashed into the ground. The helicopter, which had just been refueled, burst into flames. All three officers were burned to death as a result.

Detective Avant had been employed with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for one year, and is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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