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Patrol Officer Benjamin Franklin Strong | Anchorage Police Department, Alaska Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

Patrol Officer

Benjamin Franklin Strong

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch: Thursday, January 4, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Released after six years

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Officer Benjamin Strong was shot and killed during a stakeout of a liquor store following a rash of holiday robberies.

He was scheduled to be off-duty but had volunteered for the assignment. While in a storage room two suspects entered the store and one detained the clerk while the other started going through the register. Officer Strong made his presence known and a struggle ensued, at which point Officer Strong's shotgun was kicked from his hands. Both suspects were shot and wounded and Officer Strong was shot in the chest. The suspects were captured and sentenced to 99 years in prison, but were released after serving only six years.

Officer Strong had served with the Anchorage Police Department for one year. He was survived by his expectant wife and 2-year-old daughter.

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God bless Ben. Now God bless his lovely wife, Debbi, my dear cousin, who followed him in September due to cancer. May they both reunite in Heaven, and may their daughter Leesa, left fatherless due to this tragedy in Anchorage, continue in their name. The reduced sentence of the criminals is beyond my belief, since I thought that this only happened in Peru, where I reside, but I now see shere it happens in my own native U.S. of A.!

James Plunkett
Cousin, Ben's widow
December 29, 2015

 

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