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Special Policeman Victor C. Benner | Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Policeman

Victor C. Benner

Illinois Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Thursday, December 7, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Tennessee

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Never prosecuted

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Special Policeman Victor Benner and Deputy Marshal Dillaway, of the United States Marshals Service, were shot and killed while riding on a switch engine in Memphis, Tennessee.

The two officers, along with another deputy marshal were traveling south from the McLemore Yards to the Nonconnah Yards. When the engine reached Horn Lake Road it stopped so the conductor could throw a switch in the track.

Several other railroad guards were near the scene and had been drinking. They saw the three men on the switch engine, and believing they were trespassers, opened fire. Special Policeman Benner was struck in the neck and killed instantly. The two deputy marshals returned fire, wounding two of the guards before Deputy Marshal Dillaway was struck in the chest. He succumbed to his wounds seven days later.

None of the drunk guards were prosecuted for either murder.

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End of Watch: Thursday, December 14, 1911
Cause: Gunfire

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Officer Benner,
Sir, it has taken almost 103 years but you are finally bring honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
September 23, 2014

 

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