Officer Daniel S. Bessant

Officer Daniel S. Bessant

Oceanside Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Daniel S. Bessant

Officer Dan Bessant was shot after he responded to assist another officer on a traffic stop.

An officer had requested back up during a traffic stop near the 500 block of Arthur Avenue close to Gold Drive in Oceanside. Officer Bessant responded and was shot from behind by a person who was not a part of the traffic stop. The shot struck Officer Bessant under his arm in an area not covered by his bullet resistant vest. Officer Bessant was flown to Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he died from the injury.

Two teenage suspects were arrested and charged with Officer Bessant's murder. One of them was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in November 2009.

Officer Bessant had been an officer with the Oceanside Police Department for three years and had worked in an unsworn position for three years prior to that. He is survived by his wife and 2-month-old child.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 1091

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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11 years have passed yet the memory of that horrific day is still so real... like it was yesterday... we lost an amazing man, one I am so honored to call my friend and many wonderful memories of you still flood my heart Danny... I miss you so much and will forever be grateful you touched my life. I think about you every day but today I am reminded of your sacrifice and I can promise you we will never let you be forgotten... love and miss you my friend...

Oceanside PD/Tustin PD

December 20, 2017

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