Sheriff Steve Lynn Bennett

Sheriff Steve Lynn Bennett

Powell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, January 30, 1992

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Steve Lynn Bennett

Sheriff Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe were shot and killed while they were attempting to arrest a suspect with outstanding warrants.

The suspect was was wanted in Toledo, Ohio for assault on a police officer, jumping bail, receiving stolen property and flagrant nonsupport.

Deputy Briscoe had visited the cabin a couple of weeks earlier looking for the suspect, but he was in Ohio at the time. The suspect's wife called and told him the authorities were looking for him and he proceeded to Michigan where he purchased an SKS assault rifle and ammunition.

On the day of the incident, Deputy Briscoe went to the cabin after learning the suspect was back in town and confronted him, but the suspect met him at the front door with his assault rifle and informed Deputy Briscoe he would not be arrested.

Deputy Briscoe and Sheriff Bennett returned and as they face the cabin with their guns drawn, the suspect ambushed them from behind, killing them both.

The suspect was convicted of both murders and sentenced to death.

Sheriff Bennett and Deputy Briscoe were brothers-in-law.

The suspect was convicted of both murders and sentenced to death.

Sheriff Bennett was survived by his wife.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I was in 7th grade living with my grandmother Joyce Rice in Powell County. We lived up a small country road from Sheriff Steve Bennett and my grandmother watched his young son little Steve everyday for about 2 years before this happened and after. Steve had just remarried he had lived alone for many years and was a very hard worker. he kept his home and lawn in tip top condition. Such a great guy. On the morning of his murder he pulled in the drive way at our home. I was getting ready for school waiting on the bus. He dropped his son off and that morning he brought my grandmother a large gift basket and thanked her for everything she did. Earlier that day in school classes were dismissed at about 1:00 or so and my aunt picked us up. The guy Ralf Baze that shot Steve was on the run with a gun. He eventually turned himself in to a sheriffs home in a county over. We attended the Funeral which was held at our High School. AS we approached it was a scene like nothing I had ever seen before. Thousands of uniformed officers standing from several states as fare as California had arrived to pay respect. The high School gym was standing room only. Afterwards Steve's wife Rose assumed his duties as Sheriff. Her son Steve was so fragile afterwards. I Recall many times him being at our house, asking my grandmother when his dad would come back to pick him up. Little Steve was always precious in my grandmothers heart. She watched him grow up without a father and an Uncle both lost by this man.

S. Rice
Friend and Neighbor

July 26, 2014

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