May 27, 2015

James Bennett Jr. - Police Officer Fatality - New Orleans, Louisiana

James Bennett Jr. 
Patrolman James Bennett Jr., age 45, died in the line of duty on May 24, 2015, on a street in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Patrolman Bennett was a member of the New Orleans Police Department - Housing Authority. He had served with the department for two years and and had 13 years of service with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

James was working an overtime detail at the construction site of a city housing project. He was patrolling the streets of the construction site in his patrol car when he was ambushed and shot by an unknown person or persons.

He was found deceased at 7:10 a.m. on May 24th.

The motive for the ambush is unknown. The suspect or suspects have not been apprehended as of this date. 

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call Detective Shawn Jenkins at 504.658.5300, or Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free at 877.903.7867. There is a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an indictment.

James was born at Fort Benning, Georgia.

James graduated from L. W. Higgins High School in Marrero, Louisiana and then
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for James and for those who have lost him.
attended the University of New Orleans where he studied Liberal Arts.

James had served as a member of the United States Armed Forces from 1987-1991, and was a Certified Flight Operations Coordinator with the U.S. Army Aviation Center.

The New Orleans Police Department and the Housing Authority of New Orleans are in mourning over the death of their brother. He is described as a quiet, fun-loving and good natured man who served his community well. James will be forever remembered.

James' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He loved New Orleans and loved his job. He was optimistic and determined. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

James is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his brother, Anthony Bennett; his sister; and his son, Justin Bennett.

Thank you for your service to the community, James.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. Amen.

Pray that James is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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