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Annual Dan Bessant Memorial Run honors slain Oceanside police officer

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Ten years after his death, friends and family gathered Tuesday to remember fallen police officer Dan Bessant of the Oceanside Police Department. 

Each year, the community remembers Bessant with a short run from the place he was killed, to the Oceanside Police Department Headquarters. The run is followed by a moment of silence. 

"He was instrumental in making a lot of positive changes," said former partner Carla Williams. 

Bessant, who had been with the Oceanside Police Department for three years, was assisting a fellow officer with an early evening traffic stop at Arthur Avenue and Gold Drive when a 17-year-old suspect shot him from about from 385 feet away with a scope-equipped rifle. 

The shooter and a second suspect were arrested and convicted. In 2016, a third suspect was arrested. Jose Compre, 26, was under 18 at the time of the murder and faced a maximum life in prison. 

City News Service contributed to this story. 

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