|Death: ||Nov. 10, 1998|
Twenty-eight year old Officer Arn, a seven-year veteran of the St. Joseph Police Department, died a hero. On Tuesday, November 10, 1998, he made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his community.
After responding to a "shots fired" call, Brad was the first officer to arrive at the scene. The suspect was on foot and Brad radioed to dispatch that he was in the area looking for the suspect.
William E. Lattin Jr. had opened fire with a semiautomatic assault rifle while walking down 22nd Street. He shot Officer Arn's car seven times, and two of the bullets struck and killed Arn, who was the first St. Joseph officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty since 1944.
Mr. Lattin's murderous spree, which wounded four people along with Mr. Arn, ended when he was cornered behind the Calvary Baptist Church at 731 N. 22nd and killed by two police bullets.
The Rev. Tom Ludwig led the funeral service on Friday for the fallen officer at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 4503 Frederick Blvd. About 2,000 people attended the service, including about 800 law-enforcement officers from at least four states. All wore a black stripe across their badges in honor of their fallen comrade.
Afterward, the funeral procession looped past the Law Enforcement Center, 501 Faraon St., to Savannah, Mo., which was Mr. Arn's hometown.
Thousands of people left their offices and homes to stand along the route of the funeral motorcade. Some saluted, and others removed their hats and placed their hands over their hearts. A small group of people left pale, multicolored carnations along the path. Dozens of police-blue flags, each about a foot tall, also lined the shoulders of the route. Flags flew at half-staff.
Brad Arn was described as: "A family man who was everybody's friend." He was a 1988 graduate of Savannah High School and a Marine Corps veteran who'd served in Operation Desert Storm. In 1996, Mr. Arn received a commendation award for administering first aid to a Missouri Western State College officer who was having a heart attack. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and had been elected a trustee of the organization.
In 1998, he had been attending Missouri Western State College in an effort to further his police career and had been named to the college's honor roll for the spring semester.
He was survived by his wife Andrea and 2-year-old twins, Malloree and Molleigh, and his mother Connie Landers.
Created by: Bobette
Record added: May 30, 2006
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