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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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 18, 2020

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