Deputy Sheriff Michael Jay Bentley

Deputy Sheriff Michael Jay Bentley

Kern County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 19, 1983

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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.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Hey brother. Don’t know why I am such a reflective mood today. Maybe because of all of the unrest in the country today.
Actually I think I’m kind of depressed.
We cops are the bad guys this time around. They didn’t know you did they? I love you so much Mike.

Retired: Larry Bentley
Brother: KCSO and KCDA

August 31, 2020

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