Deputy Sheriff Michael Jay Bentley

Deputy Sheriff Michael Jay Bentley

Kern County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 19, 1983

Add to My Heroes

Michael Jay Bentley

Deputy Sheriff Michael Bentley was killed when his cruiser was intentionally rammed by a fleeing armed robbery suspect.

The suspect was fleeing an armed robbery of a convenience store in a stolen pick-up. The suspect changed direction, and before the pursuing deputy could broadcast the direction, he approached Deputy Bentley's unit head-on, explaining later that he saw the vehicle but decided to commit suicide by ramming the patrol car. The subject suffered a cut lip.

The subject was sentenced to life imprisonment but is eligible for parole.

Deputy Bentley was a United States Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Kern County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife, stepson, parents.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, vehicle pursuit

Most Recent Reflection

View all 28 Reflections

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Ret.

December 8, 2023

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.