Night Policeman James Anderson Benge

Night Policeman James Anderson Benge

Franklin Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, March 21, 1926

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James Anderson Benge

Night Policeman James Benge was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary at the Thirkield Store at the corner of 4th Street and Main Street downtown Franklin.

He encountered two brothers coming out of the side door carrying stolen merchandise. One of the men opened fire on Policeman Benge, mortally wounding him. Despite his wound Policeman Benge was able to return fire and shot the subject. Both brothers were arrested. The brother who shot Policeman Benge plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Policeman Benge was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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