Sergeant Donald C. Benson, Sr.

Sergeant Donald C. Benson, Sr.

Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, November 5, 1981

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Donald C. Benson, Sr.

Sergeant Donald Benson was shot and killed as he and another deputy attempted to serve a court order for an emergency mental health evaluation. As the two deputies approached the suspect's home, the man opened the door and fired a small caliber handgun, fatally wounding Sergeant Benson.

The other deputy returned fire and wounded the suspect in the abdomen. The man was taken into custody and committed to a state hospital.

Sergeant Benson had served with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office for 8 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed

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Pride in you as a man and in your service to us all continues to fill the hole that your loss left in our lives. I love you and miss you every day.

Autumn Benson Richardson

November 5, 2011

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