Deputy Sheriff Michael Jay Bentley

Deputy Sheriff Michael Jay Bentley

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 19, 1983

Michael Jay Bentley

Deputy Bentley was killed when his cruiser was intentionally rammed by a fleeing armed robbery suspect. He had been with the agency for eight years.

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 unit, but decided to commit suicide by ramming the patrol car. The suspect suffered a cut lip. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but is eligible for parole.

Deputy Bentley was survived by his wife, step-son. brother Larry, and parents.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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You survived in our memory. In my case, through your brother Larry who was at different times an instructor, my partner, and my supervisor. Thank you for the impact you had on so many, your service and ultimate sacrifice to the people of Kern County. You are NOT forgotten.

Howard Eddy

December 19, 2017

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