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 Gilbert Benitez was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest two robbery suspects.

The suspects, who the officers were chasing, 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, but his sentence was later commuted to life. He died in prison on August 3, 2006. The other suspect was sentenced to life.

Patrolman Benitez had served with the New Orleans Police Department for four years and was assigned to the juvenile division. He was survived by his wife, two children, and three stepchildren.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

arrest attempt, robbery

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Hi Uncle Gilbert this is your nephew Michael . I regret so much that I never could remember meeting or knowing you since you were killed only days before my first birthday. My Dad Johnny, who was your brother-in-law and good friend when y'all were in the Navy together, told me once that I have your personality, which makes me proud since you died a hero protecting our city. Hopefully I'll meet you in Heaven soon.

Michael Covell
Nephew to Patrolman Benitez

March 13, 2022

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