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Officer Bernard M. Bennett | Sacramento Police Department, California Sacramento Police Department, California


Bernard M. Bennett

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 13, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/9/1970

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Not available

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Officer Bernard Bennett succumbed to gunshot wounds inflicted four days earlier when he was shot by a sniper while patrolling Oak Park.

He was shot with a high powered rifle and the round penetrated the roof of his patrol car and his helmet, before striking him in the head.

No one was ever convicted for his murder.

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I am currently a Deputy Sheriff and patrol Oak Park. An older member of the community approached me and said that I reminded him of Officer Bennett. I had no idea who that was. He told me how Officer Bennett helped him get out of criminal activity and helped him get a job as a plumber. The positive impact Officer Bennett had on the area has lasted generations. It was a honor to be compared to Officer Bennett and I hope that i can have a lasting positive impact, the same way he did.

Deputy K Ball
Sacramento County Sheriff
June 10, 2016


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