Officer Benjamin Paul Carden

Officer Benjamin Paul Carden

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, January 6, 1925

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Benjamin Paul Carden

Officer Benjamin Carden was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect. Officer Carden was shot at close range in the abdomen with a shotgun. His partner, who was around the back of the house, ran to the front and engaged in a gunfight with two fleeing suspects. The suspects, who were brothers, continued to fire at him even as he loaded Officer Carden's body into the car, and then disappeared into the woods.

One of the suspects was captured in Philadelphia in 1932. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. He died from an unknown disease in prison before the sentence could be carried out.

The other suspect was captured in Cincinatti in 1939. He was tried in 1940, sentenced to death, and executed in the electric chair on August 20, 1941.

Officer Carden had been with the agency for 6 months and had previously served with the United States Navy.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender One executed; One died in prison

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Uncle BP , I think of you so often and I will never forget you. You are a hero. Not many people can do the job that you did.

Nanette Carden Retired
Escambia County Sheriffs Office Niece

May 1, 2020

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