Trooper Travis Leon Bench

Trooper Travis Leon Bench

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch Wednesday, October 5, 1983

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Travis Leon Bench

Trooper T. Leon Bench was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man during a traffic stop on State Highway 97 one mile north of the Sapulpa Turnpike. After checking the man's driver's license he learned that the man was driving on a suspended license. As he attempted to make the arrest the suspect ran to his car and retrieved a pistol.

As Trooper Bench took cover behind his cruiser he was struck in the head by a round that passed through the windshield and rear window of his patrol car.

The suspect was originally sentenced to life in prison, but the conviction was overturned in 1997 due to the suspect's mental status. The man was then committed to a state hospital.

Trooper Bench had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for one year and had previously served with the Sapulpa Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and 3-month-old daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 697

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed

traffic stop

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Leon and I were in the same patrol school and were stationed in Sand Springs after graduation. He was a wonderful partner and a great friend.
After all these years I'm still remembering things we did together and all the good times.

Rest in peace brother.

Retired Lt. Eddie Kirkland
Oklahoma Highway Patrol

October 6, 2021

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