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 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's father Frank was a brother to my father Bob Brackett. Dad was reminiscing this evening and told again how Ross tragically lost his life. He recalled Ross was attending St Mary's University in Halifax before Frank and Gerry moved to the US. We wondered if there might be something found through Google and , indeed, we found this Officer Down site. Clearly Ross's memory is cherished and honoured by many people. What a man! If any of Ross's family would like to connect with a Brackett relative in Halifax, Nova Scotia please feel welcome to do so.


Seana Brackett-Mills
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Seana Brackett, cousin
Halifax, Nova Scotia Brackett relative

March 22, 2019

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