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Sergeant Robert W. Bennett | Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio

Sergeant

Robert W. Bennett

Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 25, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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I had just turned 12 years old when this happened. My Father was Robert's friend. We had been to his house many times. We lived on the next street over, Parma Park. We were going hunting with Robert and his son the next month, that never happened.
I still remember the back of that bank building, when ever I pass the bank that is there now(Fifth third) who ever is in the car with me hears the story of what happened that day.

I'm 56 years old now, You are not forgot Robert.

Greg Newkirk
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December 6, 2016

 

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