Officer C. Robert Bennett

Officer C. Robert Bennett

Birmingham Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 2004

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C. Robert Bennett

Officers Robert Bennett, Carlos Owen, and Harley Chisholm were shot and killed at approximately 1330 hours while serving a misdemeanor warrant at a home near 18th Street and Avenue P, in the Ensley area of the city.

The three victim officers, along with a fourth officer, went to the one-story row house that contained several apartments with a warrant for the arrest of a man on a misdemeanor assault charge. Officers Owen and Chisholm entered the apartment through the back door intending to arrest the suspect.

The suspect broke away from them and ran toward the front of the house where Officer Bennett was about to come through the front door. One of the suspects then opened fire with an automatic SKS rifle, killing all three officers and wounding the fourth officer.

The suspected shooter and several other suspects were taken into custody near the scene by a tactical team a short time later.

On January 19, 2005, the suspect that shot the officers was convicted of three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. On September 23, 2005, he was given three death sentences.

Officer Bennett had served with the Birmingham Police Department for three years and was assigned to the West Precinct. He is survived by his wife and four-year-old daughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 3182

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; SKS
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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All the men that day are truly missed by family and friends. Officer ROB sBennett left behind a wife and beautiful young daughter. She has grown into a very smart and strong and very compassionate person. Willingness to help other kids going through personal struggles and especially ones who are experiencing personal loss. She is there tioĆ² listen to them, offer support and advice she is going to become more involved with the local chapter for COPS.she is very passionate about outreach to children for slain officers. Knowing how cards and small items make mpact on the grieving families. She is a very smart very mature for her age. She is an awesome kid. I am proud of her and her father off Bennett would also be proud of how outstanding a person she is growing to be. We love you Robert and never a day goes by we don't think about you. We miss you baby sooooo very much!

Susan Bennett inman
Wife and child

June 18, 2017

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