Lieutenant Benedict Eleneki

Lieutenant Benedict Eleneki

Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch Saturday, November 21, 1964

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Benedict Eleneki

Lieutenant Benedict Eleneki was shot and killed during a robbery and shooting in progress at a market at the intersection of King Street and Beretania Street.

Lieutenant Eleneki and other officers arrived at the scene and began searching the building. They encountered one suspect and took him into custody. As they continued to search the building they encountered a second suspect holding several hostages inside of a room. The man opened fire, killing Lieutenant Eleneki. A second officer was wounded as he attempted to rescue Lieutenant Eleneki.

The subject was shot and killed a short time later as he attempted to flee the store with a hostage.

Lieutenant Eleneki had served with the Honolulu Police Department for six years and was assigned to Patrol District 1.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery, shots fired call

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Although I was only a child when you passed you still had a profound impact on my life. I heard many stories of your strength and bravery growing up as a child. I always wanted to live up your legacy. Although I never told anyone this is one of the reasons I became a federal agent. During my 25 plus years in law enforcement, you have never been far from my thoughts. I especially thought about you whenever conducting high risk search warrants, arrests, and under cover operations. Thank you for watching over me during my career keeping me safe. In the twighlight of my career I now know why you risked your was your duty as a law enforcement officer.

I hope I made you proud.

Scott Lee, Special Agent
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

July 22, 2012

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