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ELY, NEVADA – The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that Sergeant Ben Jenkins was killed in the line of duty today.
The shooting occurred after Sergeant Jenkins stopped to assist a motorist on on U.S. 93 shortly before 6 a.m. in White Pine County near Ely. During the contact the motorist opened fire on the Sergeant, who was struck and killed. After the shooting, the suspect stole both the Sergeant’s uniform and patrol vehicle.
After a 4 hour manhunt, John Dabritz, 65, was arrested for the murder of Sergeant Jenkins. Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said materials identified as possible explosives were found and that it appeared Dabritz was the lone suspect.
Gov. Steve Sisolak released the following statement:
Kathy and I were absolutely heartbroken to learn of the tragic and senseless killing of Sergeant Ben Jenkins, a 12-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol, military veteran, husband, father to four, and grandfather to five. Ben dedicated his life to serving his country as a member of the Army and Air National Guard, a volunteer firefighter, and public servant for the Nevada State Fire Marshall Division and the Nevada Division of Forestry. 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. Our hearts go out to Sgt. Jenkins’ wife, his children and grand children, and the entire Elko community for this irreplaceable loss. May he rest in peace – Sgt. Jenkins will never be forgotten.
Sergeant Ben Jenkins is survived by his wife, his mother, four children, and five grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, the department, and community.
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