Officer Down: State trooper found dead outside squad car


The news comes just as people are returning back home from National Police Week, where they spent a week honoring the fallen.

Now we’ve learned that a Pennsylvania State Trooper died on the job on Saturday afternoon.

It happened in Bucks County at about 11:30 a.m..  Trooper Donald Brackett was found outside of his squad car on I-276 westbound in Bucks County.

He was found by Troopers from Trevose and King of Prussia after Brackett did not respond to radio transmissions, officials said.

Police say it appears he suffered some kind of a medical episode.

“All personnel of the Pennsylvania State Police are deeply affected by this loss,” Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick said . “Our thoughts are with Trooper Brackett’s family and friends as they mourn his sudden passing.”

Brackett, a United States Marine Corps veteran, worked out of the King of Prussia barracks, where he had been a trooper since October of 2001.

He was only 58 years old. His End of Watch was 5/18/19.

Here are the other officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in May 2019 while trying to protect the lives of Americans.


Sgt. Kelvin Ansari

Sergeant Kelvin Ansar

Sergeant Kelvin Ansari’s End of Watch was Saturday, May 11, 2019.  He was shot and killed as he tried to apprehend a robbery suspect.

He and other officers had responded to a robbery that occurred at a barbershop in the 2300 block of Bull Street in Savannah, Georgia.  They thought the suspect had left the area, but he was actually inside a nearby vehicle. When Sergeant Ansari checked the area, the man exited and opened fire on him and another officer, hitting them both.

The subject was found a short time later hiding in a shed in a nearby residential area. As responding officers ordered him to surrender, he exited the shed and started shooting again.  Officers returned gunfire and killed him.

Sergeant Ansari had retired from the U.S. Army, then served with the Savannah Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


Constable Willie Houston Hoot West

Constable Willie Houston Hoot West

Constable Willie Hoot West died three days after his vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree on Harrison Road in Mississippi.

He was serving civil papers when the crash happened just before 8:00 am on May 6th, 2019. He was rushed to North Mississippi Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The 81-year-old had served as the elected constable of Lowndes County’s District 1 since 1971 and was serving his 13th consecutive term.  Before that, he had served with the Columbus Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.

In total, he had a total of 52 years of law enforcement service and was a founding member and first president of the Mississippi Constables Association.

Constable West is survived by his son, two daughters, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, mother, brother, and two sisters.


Trooper Mathew Gatti
Trooper Mathew Gatti

Trooper Matthew Gatti

The 24-year-old Tennessee State Trooper was killed on May 6 while responding to a call about a fire along Interstate-40.

Police said that while heading to the scene, he lost control of his cruiser and hit two tractor-trailers.

June would have marked his one-year anniversary of joining the state’s Highway Patrol.


Officer Down: State trooper found dead outside squad car
Officer Neri was 63. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

Police Officer Anthony Neri

The 63-year-old Neri officer in Sanibel, Florida “passed away of natural causes” on May 6 after he “collapsed during a training exercise”.

He also had a 30-year career as a Revenue Officer with the U.S. Department of Treasury, while also serving as a police officer in New Jersey’s Union Township.


Police officer John McKeithen
Police officer John McKeithen

Police Officer Robert McKeithen

Officer McKeithen was an Air Force veteran and longtime officer with the Biloxi Police Department in Mississippi.  Police say he was gunned down in the parking lot of their headquarters on May 5.

In 2005, McKeithen earned a Medal of Valor for saving special needs children from a flooded home during Hurricane Katrina.

His 24-year police career came to an end when the suspect shot him multiple times.  His suspected killer has since been arrested.


Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon
Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon

K9 Officer Jordan Harris Sheldon

On May 4, 32-year-old Officer Sheldon was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Mooresville, N.C., outside of Charlotte.

It’s still unknown why he stopped the suspect’s vehicle, but the alleged killer was later found dead in his apartment from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Sheldon had served with the department for six years and was with his K9 dog Ramon at the time of the shooting.

We leave you with this video that our team at Law Enforcement Today just produced with our friends at Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

God bless you all.

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