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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

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

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 137th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 22, 2009

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