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Patrolman Gilbert D. Benitez | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

Patrolman

Gilbert D. Benitez

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 13, 1963

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: Not available

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman Benitez was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest two robbery suspects. The suspects, who were being chased by the officers, crashed into a parked car at St. Claude and Anthony Streets. In an exchange of gunfire Patrolman Benitez was shot in the face. Both suspects were arrested minutes later in the downtown area after a shootout with several officers.

Patrolman Benitez's killer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison August 3, 2006. The other suspect was sentenced to life.

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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 50th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. 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.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
February 19, 2013

 

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