Patrolman Ben S. Rust

Patrolman Ben S. Rust

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, January 16, 1862

Ben S. Rust

Patrolman Ben Rust was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a wanted man.

He and two other officers went to the home of a suspect that was wanted for stealing several mules. After arriving, Patrolman Rust and a second officer went to the back of the home, while the other officer went to the front.

Patrolman Rust and the second officer entered the house and were met by a female who told them that no one else was home. Patrolman Rust searched the second floor of the house and found it to be empty. He then began searching the first floor with the other officer. They found a room door locked and forced it open. The suspect, who was hiding in the room, pushed the door shut, but Patrolman Rust was able to force it open again.

As he began to enter the room, the suspect opened fire, striking Patrolman Rust in the chest. The shot knocked Patrolman Rust back into the second officer. The suspect fired again, this time hitting Patrolman Rust in the head, killing him. The suspect continued to fire, wounding the second Officer.

Upon hearing the shots, the third officer, who was stationed outside, ran into the house. He shot and wounded the suspect, then struck him in the face with a club, knocking him unconscious and breaking his jaw.

The suspect was taken into custody and charged with murder.

Patrolman Rust had served with the agency for 22 years. He was survived by his mother and two sisters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

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