Supervisor Michael Clifton Baskett

Supervisor Michael Clifton Baskett

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Michael Clifton Baskett

Supervisor Michael Baskett was killed after being struck by a motorized delivery cart while supervising inmates inside the food services warehouse at the Federal Medical Center Butner in Butner, North Carolina.

Supervisor Baskett was speaking with a delivery driver when an inmate in another part of the warehouse placed a box of paper on the cart's floorboard. The box accidentally depressed the forklift's accelerator, which caused it to move forward at full speed. As the cart sped across the warehouse floor Supervisor Baskett pushed the delivery driver out of its path, saving her life. The cart struck him, pinning him underneath it.

Several inmates and other officers immediately moved the cart off of him and began CPR, but were unable to revive him.

Supervisor Baskett was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 18 years. He had previously served with the North Carolina Department of Corrections for nine years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two step children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Location North Carolina

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Hello, Micheal...
it’s Aryiel , your best friend/grand daughter. i just wanted to say that i’m now in 7th grade. When you died I had to go to a counselor for the remaining year. anyways, Mom got a new house and i love it. After you passed, a few years later uncle hammer had a son named Brandon Rae Watkins, and then Benjamin. I’m sure you’d love them if you were here. I miss you a lot :( i can’t wait to see you again, soon. this year it’s a world wide pandemic taking over, i hate it, school is online now. But if you were to be here i’d give you a huge hug❤️

Aryiel Mccaskill
grand daughter

October 16, 2020

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