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Night Policeman Jesse Starks | Benton Police Department, Kentucky Benton Police Department, Kentucky

Night Policeman

Jesse Starks

Benton Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 30, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 21 years

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Night Policeman Jesse Starks was shot and killed with his own service weapon after responding to a disturbance at a local theater.

When he arrived at the scene he discovered that his son-in-law had been ejected from it for causing a disturbance. The son-in-law and five relatives had then returned to the theater armed with weapons.

As Policeman Starks attempted to calm the situation his son-in-law pulled his service weapon from its holster and shot him.

The 21-year-old suspect was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Policeman Starks had served with the Benton Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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What a heartbreaking story. The only Officer to be killed in my county. I'm glad he was a part of it.

Deputy Dan Melone
Marshall County Sheriff Office
May 27, 2017


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