Sergeant Robert W. Bennett

Sergeant Robert W. Bennett

Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, October 25, 1972

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Robert W. Bennett

Sergeant Bennett was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery. The two suspects were dressed as police officers and were taking a woman hostage as they fled the bank. Sergeant Bennett arrived at the robbery scene as one of the suspects and the hostage exited the rear door. The suspect and Sergeant Bennett exchanged fire and both were fatally wounded.

The other suspect was captured at the scene. In 1941 he was sent to prison for killing a man in Cleveland and was paroled in 1968. He was convicted of Sergeant Bennett's murder and sentenced to 102 years in prison on May 3, 1973.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sergeant Robert W. Bennett did security work at the Parma mall when I was just a kid working at one of the stores. Sergeant Robert W. Bennett was one of the finest, kindest man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. As he walked his beat in the mall he would stop in the shop I managed and we'd shoot the bull for hours over the course of both our shifts. It's been 40 plus years and I still remember him and decided to look him up by name and found out he died a hero. He would go out a hero he would have it no other way. I salute you Sergeant Robert W. Bennett, and I have cherished out talks for 40 years and learned a lot from you "partner"

Friend, Bob
Worked with him at the Parma Mall

August 27, 2019

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