Sergeant Donald C. Benson, Sr.

Sergeant Donald C. Benson, Sr.

Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, November 5, 1981

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.

Bio

  • 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
Daughter

November 5, 2011

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