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Policeman Parley L. Bennett | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman

Parley L. Bennett

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 25, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 124

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Policeman Parley Bennett was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.

He was performing traffic duty when he was approached by a shop owner who informed him that the shop was being robbed. Policeman Bennett was shot as he entered the shop to confront the suspect.

On October 14, 1971, 44 years after Policeman Bennett's murder, officers responded to a call of a man being drunk in public. As they talked to the man he admitted to murdering Policeman Bennett. He was arrested and committed to a state mental hospital where he died five years later.

Policeman Bennett had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 2.5 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Parley's 2 brothers (my uncle & my grandfather) moved from Idaho to Los Angeles to become LAPD officers after his murder (to avenge the crime). Only my uncle made it onto the force. Neither of them lived to see the killer brought to justice. My grandfather died in Dec 1963 of natural causes. My uncle took his own life (with his service weapon) just 2 years prior to the killer's arrest (1969). May they all rest in peace now.

Brad Burgess
grand nephew
December 4, 2012

 

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