Constable H. Richard Bennett

Constable H. Richard Bennett

Lawtey Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, March 23, 1921

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H. Richard Bennett

Constable H. Richard Bennett was shot and killed after responding to a report of a drunk man brandishing a gun. Once he arrived he became engaged in a struggle with the man in a darkened home. During the struggle the man's father fatally shot Constable Bennett and the subject.

Six weeks later a mob took the shooter from the Bradford County Jail and hanged him.

Constable Bennett had served in law enforcement for ten years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Lynched

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Constable Bennett,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lawley. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 23, 2021

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