Travis Leon Bench
Badge #697
39th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy

In the mid-morning hours of October 5, 1982, Bench effected a traffic stop on State Highway 97, midway between Sapulpa and Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He ran a routing DL Check on the man driving the vehicle, and discovered his license was under suspension.

As Bench attempted to place the man, later identified as Charles Enoch Brown, under arrest, Brown ran to his vehicle, retrieved a pistol, and opened fire on Bench.

Bench was apparently retreating to the rear of his unit when one of Brown's shots smashed through the front and rear windshields of his unit, striking Bench in the head. He was pronounced dead two hours later at a Tulsa hospital.

Brown was tried and convicted for murder and received a life sentence.

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