Police Officer Benjamin Benton

Police Officer Benjamin Benton

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, September 22, 1858

Benjamin Benton

Officer Benjamin Benton was shot and killed as he tried to break up a fight between the suspect and others. The suspect was convicted of murder after Police Officer Robert Rigdon testified in the trial. Officer Rigdon was shot and killed in retaliation of that testimony.

Officer Benton had served with the agency for eight years and was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed on April 7, 1859

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Officer Benton,

I read a book called "Hanging Henry Gambrill" and the story of your murder was prominent in the story. As you rest in heaven please know that you are not forgotten.

David Eastman, retired police officer
Baltimore Police Department

January 5, 2012

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