County Policeman Benjamin Manning Owens

County Policeman Benjamin Manning Owens

Horry County Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, September 18, 1931

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Benjamin Manning Owens

County Policeman Ben Owens was shot and killed from ambush during a raid on a whiskey still near Murrells Inlet.

Federal officers who were with Policeman Owens arrested five men at the still following his murder. All five were charged with Policeman Owens' murder and placed in the county jail. At their trial they all denied firing the fatal shot and were acquitted.

Policeman Owens was survived by his wife and several children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted

alcohol violation, ambush

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Officer Owens,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Horry County.


United States Border Patrol

September 18, 2021

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