Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Deputy Sheriff Shadron Bassett was killed in a single-vehicle accident while responding to a call of a suicidal person.
He was traveling northbound on State Road 39 at County Road 300 North when he lost control of his patrol car for an unknown reason. The vehicle traveled into the southbound lane, then spun, and was traveling northeast when it left the roadway.
The vehicle went into a drainage ditch and struck a tree on the driver's side door. Although wearing his seatbelt, he suffered massive head injuries and died at the scene.
Deputy Sheriff Bassett had previously served with the Burnettsville Police Department as a reserve deputy marshal. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two stepdaughters, parents, three sisters and two brothers.
• In 2020, a Memorial Mile was designated on State Road 39, between County Roads 300 North and 400 North, in his honor.