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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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This is my Great Grandfather when he was killed my Great Grandmother was pregnant with twins. She gave birth to Paul and Pauline Bennett and Paul became my grandfather.

It warms my heart to see the comments after all these years.

God bless the fallen and their families.

Lisa Paulette
great granddaughter
July 28, 2017


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