Officer Benjamin Paul Carden

Officer Benjamin Paul Carden

Beaufort County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, January 6, 1925

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.

Bio

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

Incident Details

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

Most Recent Reflection

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. How nice that your family is able to honor you on this site.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 6, 2012

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