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Patrolman Benjamin W. Ayers | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri


Benjamin W. Ayers

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, January 4, 1878

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 1/2/1878

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Patrolman Benjamin Ayers succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound sustained when a pistol his sergeant was carrying fell to the ground and discharged at the corner of Pine Street and Ewing Avenue.

He and his sergeant were walking to the police station when they met another officer. The other officer had borrowed a pistol from a third officer and asked that the sergeant return it, as the third officer was scheduled for the next shift. The sergeant placed the pistol inside his coat pocket and, as he and Patrolman Ayers began walking again, it fell from his pocket and discharged. The round struck Patrolman Ayers through the leg and into his abdomen.

Patrolman Ayers was survived by his wife and two children.

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Patrolman Ayers,
On today, the 135th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Louis.


U.S. Border Patrol
January 4, 2013


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