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,
Thinking of you today. Your medal of valor and your picture still hang in my hall way.
You were a great great uncle on the 11th of Feb. His name is Rome Ever.
Lisa and I are in contact, Uncle you would be so proud of your daughter.
I'll love you forever!

Judy Bauer

March 13, 2022

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