Patrolman Gilbert D. Benitez

Patrolman Gilbert D. Benitez

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, August 13, 1963

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Gilbert D. Benitez

Patrolman Benitez was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest two robbery suspects. The suspects, who were being chased by the officers, crashed into a parked car at St. Claude and Anthony Streets. In an exchange of gunfire Patrolman Benitez was shot in the face. Both suspects were arrested minutes later in the downtown area after a shootout with several officers.

Patrolman Benitez's killer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison August 3, 2006. The other suspect was sentenced to life.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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