Patrolman First Class Ben Wesley Strickland

Patrolman First Class Ben Wesley Strickland

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, May 31, 1974

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Ben Wesley Strickland

Patrolman Ben Strickland was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a speeding car in Lexington County.

After arresting the driver and placing him in handcuffs, the passenger approached him from behind and opened fire, killing him.

Patrolman Strickland, a U.S. Army veteran, served as a St. George police officer before starting his 16-year career with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

In 2012, mile marker 49 on South Carolina's I-20 in Lexington County was named for him on the 38th anniversary of his death.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

traffic stop

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