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Police Officer Ben C. Collins | United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Police Officer

Ben C. Collins

United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Division of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 1, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Oklahoma

Incident Date: 8/1/1906

Weapon: Shotgun; 8 gauge

Suspect: Hung in 1909

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Officer Ben Collins was shot and killed in Oklahoma by a hitman in retribution for the shooting of an armed fugitive. Officer Collins' murder happened in front of his home and was witnessed by his wife.

The suspect was arrested in 1909 for another murder and hung by a lynch mob, along with three other men. The mob had broken into the jail to lynch the murderer of Marshal Zeke Putnam, of the Allen, Oklahoma, Police Department. The suspect was a cousin by marriage of the suspect that killed Deputy Sheriff John Turman in 1898.

Two of Officer Collins' nephews were also shot and killed in the line of duty while serving as police officers in Oklahoma. Patrolman Jim Keirsey, of the Seminole Police Department, was shot and killed on November 7, 1929, and Deputy William Keirsey, of the Carter County Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed on December 10, 1930.

Officer Collins is buried in Garden of Memory Cemetery, Colbert, Bryan County, Oklahoma.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Sheriff John Martin Calhoun Turman
Kimble County Sheriff's Office, Texas
End of Watch: Monday, March 28, 1898
Cause: Gunfire

City Marshal E. M. "Zeke" Putnam
Allen Police Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Saturday, January 16, 1909
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman James A. "Jim" Keirsey
Seminole Police Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Thursday, November 7, 1929
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff William Con Keirsey
Carter County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 10, 1930
Cause: Gunfire

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Thank you for your service Sir, RIP hero

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
March 28, 2012

 

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