Sergeant Robert W. Bennett

Sergeant Robert W. Bennett

Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, October 25, 1972

Robert W. Bennett

Sergeant Bennett was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery. The two suspects were dressed as police officers and were taking a woman hostage as they fled the bank. Sergeant Bennett arrived at the robbery scene as one of the suspects and the hostage exited the rear door. The suspect and Sergeant Bennett exchanged fire and both were fatally wounded.

The other suspect was captured at the scene. In 1941 he was sent to prison for killing a man in Cleveland and was paroled in 1968. He was convicted of Sergeant Bennett's murder and sentenced to 102 years in prison on May 3, 1973.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Robert W. Bennett Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

October 26, 2017

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