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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Ross, I think of you often. I knew you and spoke with you that fateful morning as you left the 2nd floor locker room, stopped by West Detectives squad room to say hello. You had passed the detective exam and were to be promoted, told me you wanted to work West. What a great guy you were. 90 minutes later I was the assigned West detective to your shooting, along with Homicide George Arnold. I have never stopped praying for you. You are a true hero, in that you were unarmed when you openly pursued and closed in on an armed thief making the ultimate sacrifice. It ha been 50 years, my friend. God bless you.

Ed Regan, Detective, Sergeant
Philadelphia PA PD

September 5, 2018

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