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


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It's been a while since anyone has written a reflection. I still become speechless when trying to write something heart felt, but to be honest, that part of my heart was broken the day you left, and although time has helped, my heart will always have a piece missing. I wish I had the blessing of you raising me and I wish I had more of your family in my life to learn about the man you were. I guess the universe had other plans.


July 17, 2023

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