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Police Officer Terry William Bennett | San Diego Police Department, California San Diego Police Department, California

Police Officer

Terry William Bennett

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, June 26, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 4761

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 6/26/2003

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Officer Terry Bennett was killed when his police motorcycle was intentionally rammed during a vehicle pursuit at 1220 hours.

Officer Bennett was chasing a stolen pickup truck when the driver made a U turn and collided into his motorcycle at Kenwood Street and Iona Drive. After knocking Officer Bennett off of the bike, the man turned around and ran over him as he fled. The suspect was apprehended approximately ten minutes later. Officer Bennett was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries approximately three hours later.

The suspect, an ex-convict with a long criminal history, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on March 15, 2005.

Officer Bennett had served with the San Diego Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 9th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 30, 2012


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