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 Jimmy 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 crash at 1 pm.

The three officers were being trained by DEA agents as spotters for a marijuana eradication program. The aircraft was taking off from the Mt. Ida Municipal Airport 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. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash, mechanical failure, training

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Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 24, 2020

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