Patrol Officer Benjamin Franklin Strong

Patrol Officer Benjamin Franklin Strong

Anchorage Police Department, Alaska

End of Watch Thursday, January 4, 1968

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Benjamin Franklin Strong

Officer Benjamin Strong was shot and killed during a stakeout of a liquor store following a rash of holiday robberies.

He was scheduled to be off-duty but had volunteered for the assignment. While in a storage room two suspects entered the store and one detained the clerk while the other started going through the register. Officer Strong made his presence known and a struggle ensued, at which point Officer Strong's shotgun was kicked from his hands. Both suspects were shot and wounded and Officer Strong was shot in the chest. The suspects were captured and sentenced to 99 years in prison, but were released after serving only six years.

Officer Strong had served with the Anchorage Police Department for one year. He was survived by his expectant wife and 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released after six years

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Uncle Ben you are still missed and thought of daily. I can't believe 53 years have passed since you left us. Please give hugs to Mom, Gramie, Dad and all my siblings, Carl Jr., Debbie, Pam, Jan as I'm the only one left.

Judy Bauer

December 7, 2020

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