SGT. DONALD HARTLEY BASQUETTE

End of Watch: Sunday, February 11, 1969

Sgt. Basquette, 31, died of gunshot wounds sustained two months earlier while he and other officers attempted to arrest a man wanted for murder and robbery of the Comanche National Bank.

On December 22, 1968, the suspect, Jimmy Dean Cloud, was arrested and placed into the back of a patrol car. When Sgt. Basquette opened the door to talk to him, Cloud produced a .25 caliber handgun, took Sgt. Basquette’s service revolver at gunpoint, and then shot him. Officers at the scene returned fire and Cloud surrendered.

Sgt. Basquette died at Hillcrest Hospital from gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. He had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and two children.
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