Police Officer Benjamin S. Rust

Police Officer Benjamin S. Rust

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, January 15, 1862

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Benjamin S. Rust

Police Officer Ben Rust was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a wanted man on Newburg Road.

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

Officer Rust and the second officer entered the house and were met by a female who told them that no one else was home. Officer 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 Officer Rust was able to force it open again.

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

Officer Rust had served with the Louisville Police Department 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

arrest attempt, theft

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Officer Rust,
On today, the 160th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville.


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January 15, 2022

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