Police Officer Ross F. Brackett

Police Officer Ross F. Brackett

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, July 15, 1968

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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 Officer Brackett 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 a 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

arrest attempt, robbery

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I'll never forget your Dad, his loyalty and service to his community and family. He was full of promise and determination. I will never forget Patrolman Brackett, though I wasn't quite 13 at the time. Thank you, Lisa, for your and your Mom, Amelia's sacrifice. John Fitzgerald

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March 29, 2024

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