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Officer C. Robert Bennett | Birmingham Police Department, Alabama Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

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C. Robert Bennett

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 3182

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; SKS

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officers Robert Bennett, Carlos Owen, and Harley Chisholm were shot and killed at approximately 1330 hours while serving a misdemeanor warrant at a home near 18th Street and Avenue P, in the Ensley area of the city.

The three victim officers, along with a fourth officer, went to the one-story row house that contained several apartments with a warrant for the arrest of a man on a misdemeanor assault charge. Officers Owen and Chisholm entered the apartment through the back door intending to arrest the suspect.

The suspect broke away from them and ran toward the front of the house where Officer Bennett was about to come through the front door. One of the suspects then opened fire with an automatic SKS rifle, killing all three officers and wounding the fourth officer.

The suspected shooter and several other suspects were taken into custody near the scene by a tactical team a short time later.

On January 19, 2005, the suspect that shot the officers was convicted of three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. On September 23, 2005, he was given three death sentences.

Officer Bennett had served with the Birmingham Police Department for three years and was assigned to the West Precinct. He is survived by his wife and four-year-old daughter.

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Officer Carlos Winston Owen
Birmingham Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 2004
Cause: Gunfire

Officer Harley Alfred Chisholm, III
Birmingham Police Department, Alabama
End of Watch: Thursday, June 17, 2004
Cause: Gunfire

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Rob,
I will NEVER stop missing you. As time goes by the more I wish I could hear that goofy laugh of yours. Our baby girl is growing up. You will be so proud of her. She's in high school. Beautiful, smart, compassionate and full of dreams. I'm sorry to say though she really really REALLY wants to go to med school at Duke. .....GO TARHEELS.......Anyway, We both miss you and think about you everyday use til we meet in heaven. I love you always!

Susan Bennett Inman
Wife
June 18, 2016

 

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