The Eclectic Police Department announced the sudden and unexpected death of one of its own this week.

Desmond Bailey, who helped capture Saddam Hussein during his time in the military, passed away on July 19.

"His colleagues described him as courageous, selfless, and fearless," the police department stated in a Facebook post. "Corporal Bailey, you will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, and may God welcome you home. We love you brother. We will take it from here."

Bailey spent most of his career in the military. He deployed multiple times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Spartan Shield.

He served as a U.S. Marine Reserve Rifleman and an infantry officer in the U.S. Army.

Bailey was also an author and wrote a book, "Recon 701: A story of Resiliency, Brotherhood, and Triumph, as told by the troopers of G/10," about his experience helping capture Hussein in 2003.

Bailey once served as director of the Concepts Development Division for the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

At the time of his death, Bailey worked at the police department in his small hometown, where people said he was a true American hero and an incredible person.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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