Patrolman Benjamin W. Ayers

Photo of Patrolman Benjamin W. Ayers
End of Watch: Fri, Jan 4th, 1878
Date of Incident: Wed, Jan 2nd, 1878
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 31


Patrolman Ayers was survived by his wife and two children.


Patrolman Benjamin Ayers succumbed to an accidental gunshot wound sustained when a pistol his sergeant was carrying fell to the ground and discharged at the corner of Pine Street and Ewing Avenue.

He and his sergeant were walking to the police station when they met another officer. The other officer had borrowed a pistol from a third officer and asked that the sergeant return it, as the third officer was scheduled for the next shift. The sergeant placed the pistol inside his coat pocket and, as he and Patrolman Ayers began walking again, it fell from his pocket and discharged. The round struck Patrolman Ayers through the leg and into his abdomen.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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