Captain Shawn A. Braaten

Captain Shawn A. Braaten

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Thursday, December 16, 2021

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Shawn A. Braaten

Captain Shawn Braaten died from complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Captain Braaten was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for 31 years, serving as the commander of the Special Investigations Division. He is survived by his wife, three sons, sister, and brother.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Friday, November 5, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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You were one of the best.

The last time I saw you, we spent a few minutes catching up. We talked about Kauai, especially Polihale. I also remember you telling me about your sons and how proud you were of them.

I hope you are resting easy! You are missed.

- Wisda

Deputy Bryan Wisda #S2003 (Retired)
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

January 7, 2024

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