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Police Officer Benjamin Benton | Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer

Benjamin Benton

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 22, 1858

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/22/1858

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Executed on April 7, 1859

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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.

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Police Officer Robert M. Rigdon
Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Monday, November 8, 1858
Cause: Gunfire

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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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