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Constable H. Richard Bennett | Lawtey Police Department, Florida Lawtey Police Department, Florida


H. Richard Bennett

Lawtey Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 23, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Lynched

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Constable H. Richard Bennett was shot and killed after responding to a report of a drunk man brandishing a gun. Once he arrived he became engaged in a struggle with the man in a darkened home. During the struggle the man's father fatally shot Constable Bennett and the subject.

Six weeks later a mob took the shooter from the Bradford County Jail and hanged him.

Constable Bennett had served in law enforcement for ten years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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May your reward be great that you gave your life to serve others, RIP

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JSO Jacksonville, Fl.
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