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Patrolman Sidney J. Benson | El Paso Police Department, Texas El Paso Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

Sidney J. Benson

El Paso Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, June 28, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 5

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Never apprehended

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Patrolman Sidney Benson was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner to jail.

During the drive the suspect, who was not handcuffed, reached over and grabbed Patrolman Benson's handgun. He then shot him twice in the head and twice in the torso. The suspect fled the scene and was never apprehended.

Patrolman Benson had served with the El Paso Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and one-year-old son.

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Sydney had a daughter Francis Benson who was 1 year old when his life was taken from him. Francis who recently passed, spoke of her father with Pride to her children grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She told the story of how Sydney was off-duty and on his way home. When he took a call for another officer that ended his life. Several members of his family have been to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC and Trace his name. His photograph in uniform has house probably hung in our home for 30 years. His great-great-grandson Quest Lee has his badge. He will always be honored and remembered in our family.

Chief Deputy retired
Sparks Nevada Constable's office
April 1, 2016

 

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