Corrections Officer John Murphy Bennett

Corrections Officer John Murphy Bennett

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 17, 2003

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John Murphy Bennett

Officer John Bennett was killed in an automobile crash as he and another officer transported a prisoner to death row at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas.

The prison van was traveling on U.S. Highway 190 when it was struck head-on by a pickup truck where the driver had lost control. Officer Bennett was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries one hour later. The other officer and the prisoner both suffered minor injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was also killed in the accident.

Officer Bennett was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, mother, brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

prisoner custody, vehicle crash

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Officer Bennett,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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