Sergeant Ben Jenkins

Sergeant Ben Jenkins

Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada

End of Watch Friday, March 27, 2020

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Ben Jenkins

Sergeant Ben Jenkins was shot and killed when he stopped to assist a disabled motorist on US-93 near mile marker 106 in White Pine County shortly before 6:00 am.

During the encounter with the subject, the man fatally shot Sergeant Jenkins. The man then stole Sergeant Jenkins' uniform and patrol car and fled the area. He was apprehended several hours later following a massive manhunt involving numerous agencies.

Sergeant Jenkins was a veteran of both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 12 years. He had previously served with the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division and with the Nevada Division of Forestry. He is survived by his wife, four children, five grandchildren, and mother.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 4196
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

disabled motorist


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Today is one of countless days you'll remember Trooper Jenkins. Nevadans from many agencies join in remembering him today. His law enforcement, biological, and self-selected families sacrifice greatly alongside him.

"Thank you" will never be enough; and will always be all we have to offer. May days like today bring some comfort, knowing some will reflect, appreciate, and acknowledge your loss.

Our state and communities would not remotely resemble what they are without families such as yours stepping up to do and to defend what's good, right, honorable.

I'm so sorry we lost him in the battle. I share your sorrow today.

Roseanna Chambliss, dispatcher (2011-13)

May 15, 2020

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