Police Officer Benjamin T. "Benny" McDonald

Police Officer Benjamin T. "Benny" McDonald

Lanett Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, November 21, 1936

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Benjamin T. "Benny" McDonald

Police Officer Benjamin McDonald was shot and killed as he and another officer responded to a disturbance call involving a drunk driver in the Lanett Triangle area.

As Officer McDonald ordered the driver to stop the passenger opened fire with a shotgun, striking Officer McDonald and the other officer. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Officer McDonald died six days later.

Both subjects were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. A year later one was granted a new trial and sentenced to two and a half years.

Officer McDonald was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 15, 1936
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

disturbance, drunk driver

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So tragic. Thank you for your courage. You will never be forgotten

Fellow citizen

November 21, 2023

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