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Special Officer Fred W. Benz | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

Special Officer

Fred W. Benz

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, November 23, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 21 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/22/1924

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Special Officer Benz was shot and killed after he and several other officers responded to a burglary call on Amherst Place in the Twelfth District. While the other officers searched the house the suspect jumped from a window, landing next to Officer Benz. When the officer ordered the man to stop the man opened fire, striking Officer Benz in the abdomen. Other officers returned fire, wounding the man before taking him into custody.
Officer Benz had been with the agency for 21 years and was survived by his wife.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05
November 23, 2011

 

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