Police Officer Ross F. Brackett

Police Officer Ross F. Brackett

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, July 15, 1968

Ross F. Brackett

Police Officer Ross Brackett was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect following a robbery-in-progress call at 52nd Street and Walton Avenue. The suspect wrestled his service revolver from his holster and shot him in the head. The suspect was convicted and died in prison.

Officer Brackett was a U.S Navy veteran and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for year and a half. He was survived by his wife, daughter, mother, father, and two brothers.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 7359
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of Murder


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Hey Uncle Ross. It's been 48 years since you were taken from us. I'm a Training Sgt. at the S.C Dept. of Corrections now. I was teaching Weapon Retention this week and showed your page as part of the class. It's a sobering reminder of the dangers of our profession. But I like to think that the training I'm giving (passionately of course), might save another family from a loss that never goes away. You just learn to live with it. I still talk to Dad & David about You. Trying to fill in the empty whole left when You died.
I grew up "Larry's Boy" and had Your Name. Hopefully I've done both of you proud.

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Sgt. Ross Brackett (nephew)
S.C Dept. of Corrections

July 29, 2016

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