Deputy U.S. Marshal William T. Bentz

Deputy U.S. Marshal William T. Bentz

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, February 22, 1872

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William T. Bentz

Deputy Marshal Bentz was shot and killed while standing outside of the Flint Courthouse in the Going Snake District of Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). He had just arrested several men for assaulting other federal officers. A Cherokee deputy sheriff approached Marshal Bentz and shot him. After doing so a man emerged from the courthouse and shot Marshal Bentz in the chest with his own gun as he lay on the ground.


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  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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DUSM Bentz,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


United States Border Patrol

February 22, 2022

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