Abatement Officer Edward Arnold Basham

Abatement Officer Edward Arnold Basham

San Antonio Code Enforcement Services, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, February 17, 1998

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Edward Arnold Basham

Abatement Officer Edward A. Basham suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting the San Antonio Police Department search for six teenagers suspected of burglarizing two homes.

Officer Basham began a foot pursuit of four of the suspects and chased them for a short distance. He returned to his patrol car and continued to pursue the suspects before beginning a second foot pursuit. He collapsed in a wooded area moments later.

None of the suspects were charged in connection with Officer Basham's death despite the fact that they knew they were being pursued.

Officer Basham was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the San Antonio Department of Code Compliance for five years. He is survived by his daughter, mother, and three siblings.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 695
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender No charges were filed

burglary, foot pursuit, juvenile offender

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Officer Basham,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 17, 2023

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