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Sergeant Benjamin Oliver Booth | Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

Sergeant

Benjamin Oliver Booth

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 14, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # 13

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/14/1933

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Apprehended

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Sergeant Benjamin Booth and Sheriff Roger Wilson were shot and killed after stopping two persons suspected of a Mexico, Missouri, bank robbery.

The two murderers escaped after killing the two officers and a 17-month investigation by law enforcement officials followed.

Both suspects were apprehended and one was sentenced to life in prison. The other suspect was executed on December 18, 1936. Neither suspects were involved in the bank robbery and it is unknown why they killed Sergeant Booth and Sheriff Wilson.

Sergeant Booth was survived by his wife, a seven-year old daughter, and an eight-year-old son. He was a Freemason and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia, Missouri.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 79th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
June 15, 2012

 

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