Captain Alfred Basler

Captain Alfred Basler

Brownsville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, March 9, 1945

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Alfred Basler

Captain Basler was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a prowler call on Levee Street. When they arrived on the scene they encountered a man walking towards the front of a house. The man opened fire when the officers told him to stop.

Captain Basler was shot and fatally wounded. The suspect fled but was arrested and later convicted of murder. The suspect was sentenced to death but that sentence was later changed to life in prison.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Life in prison

suspicious person

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I am very proud to call you my great uncle,and the husband of my grandfather Pedro Cortez's sister, Catarina Cortez Basler.Although I never had the privilege to have met you in person,I grew up hearing positive things about you.Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement and the citizens of Brownsville,Texas and for being a loving husband and father to my great aunt Catarina Cortez Basler, Alfred Basler jr., Emma,and Walter Basler.Que Diosito te tenga en su Santa Gloria.

Melissa Maribel Cortez Brown
Gonzales County Sheriff'sDept./great niece

January 11, 2016

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