Lieutenant Benton McLemore

Lieutenant Benton McLemore

Athens Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, March 7, 1969

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Benton McLemore

Lieutenant Benton McLemore was shot and killed after responding to the suspect’s house to check on his welfare.

The suspect was known to be mentally ill. When Lieutenant McLemore knocked on the suspect’s door, the suspect shot and killed him with a shotgun. When back-up officers arrived the exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The suspect killed himself before he could be captured.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Commited Suicide


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Rest in peace, my great uncle. I took your phone from the police department about your death. I was only about twelve years old then. You are the reason that I'm a deputy sheriff.

Harold W. McLemore Jr.
Deputy sheriff, Harrison county sheriffs office.

September 7, 2021

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