Patrolman Bert Brannon

Patrolman Bert Brannon

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, April 24, 1901

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Bert Brannon

Patrolman Bert Brannon and Patrolman James Sweeney were shot and killed by a group of vagrants they had just arrested from the Kansas City Railroad yards.

They were walking the seven men to jail along with a third officer. As they neared the intersection of Second Street and Main Street, a half-block from the jail, one of the men suddenly produced a revolver and opened fire. Patrolman Sweeney and Patrolman Brannon were both fatally wounded.

Patrolman Brannon is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Joplin, Missouri.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, April 23, 1901
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

trespasser, prisoner custody

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Patrolman Brannon,
Please forgive my previous reflection left for you. I got your EOW anniversary wrong. On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Joplin.


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