Hero Down: Nevada Sgt. Ben Jenkins Murdered By Man He Stopped To Help

Holly Matkin

Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Ben Jenkins was murdered in the line of duty on Friday morning.

White Pine County, NV – Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) Sergeant Ben Jenkins was murdered in the line of duty on Friday morning after he stopped to assist a motorist.

The attack occurred on U.S. Highway 93 near Ely just before 6 a.m., when the 47-year-old sergeant stopped to help another driver, KNTV reported.

"During this contact, the motorist opened fire," the NHP said, according to KUTV. "The motorist stole the sergeant's uniform and fled the scene in Sgt. Jenkins' patrol vehicle."

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Hannah DeGoey said multiple shots were fired during the attack, according to KRXI.

Multiple agencies assisted the Nevada Highway Patrol in the search for the suspect, including the Washoe County Sheriff's Office helicopter, KRXI reported.

The gunman was ultimately taken into custody, according to KUTV.

He has been identified as 65-year-old John Dabritz.

Detail regarding the events that led up to the fatal shooting have not been released.

Sgt. Jenkins was a military veteran, having served in both the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said in a statement, according to KNTV.

He was also a volunteer firefighter, as well as a public servant with the Nevada Division of Forestry and the Nevada State Fire Marshall Division, Sisolak said.

Sgt. Jenkins joined the NHP as a trooper in 2008, and was initially stationed in Jackpot, KUTV reported.

In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and began serving in Elko.

“A Gold Medal of Valor recipient, the Department of Public Safety’s highest honor, Sgt. Jenkins heroic actions as an officer undoubtedly saved many lives throughout his career in law enforcement,” Sisolak said, according to KTNV.

The governor called Sgt. Jenkins’ death “tragic and senseless,” and said he was “heartbroken” to learn of his murder.

Sgt. Jenkins leaves behind his wife, four children, five grandchildren, and his mother, according to KUTV.

“Without question, Sgt. Jenkins was a hero to his community, his law enforcement colleagues, the State of Nevada and our country,” Nevada Department of Public Safety Director George Togliatti said, according to KOLO. "This is a tremendous loss for the Nevada Highway Patrol, his family and everyone Sgt. Jenkins touched during his long and honorable career in public service.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Ben Jenkins, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Sergeant Ben Jenkins, your life mattered.

Comments (18)
reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Give him the "eye for an eye" treatment Nevada!!!!!! Or just give him the good ole Wild West treatment from years and years ago!

Truth Man 102
Truth Man 102

I’ve said it before. Federal death penalty for murder of LEO. Speedy trial in federal court. 90 day process from the murder to the needle.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

F••king piece of shit!! Now the taxpayers have to pay for his attorney and trial. I say though, once he's found guilty, he gets no more than 30 days and then bye bye scumbag! Rot in hell!!

Karma59
Karma59

R.I.P. Sgt. Jenkins.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

The war on Law Enforcement continues, place that piece of shit in front of a firing squad, eye for an eye!

Stanracer
Stanracer

RIP Sgt. JENKINS. Your life mattered.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Blessed are the Peacemakers.

HelenEHendrickson
HelenEHendrickson

Praying for his family both blood and blue.

Schick56
Schick56

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

Now Sgt.JENKINS has Gotten his wings & iz working from Heaven now with THE GUARDIAN ANGELS & SAINT MICHAEL Protecting and Helping & Guarding fellow officers and children though he may be invizible have FAITH THE GUARDIAN ANGELS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING OVER US THEY LIVE FOREVER JUST LIKE JESUS SPOKE ABOUT IN THE BIBLE

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

So if you feel the goosebumps on Your shoulder Just Know & have Faith that You are Loved and You have been touched by an ANGEL : ) <-><->

Luscious775
Luscious775

This is extremely sad and so crazy who does this shit oh it’s the scum right right. I hope he’s extinguished next by Corona. Bastard! We need all our Officers well. I’m sorry Sarge your life mattered greatly

Anetka
Anetka

🙏🏼

Tmc328
Tmc328

Guys
It's not too late to reclassify this tragedy as s Corona virus death. Because we Americans are idiots and will believe any damn thing.


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