Who is Ben Jenkins? Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Killed, John Dabritz, Suspect

Sergeant Ben Jenkins
Sergeant Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins Wiki- Wikipedia

Sergeant Ben Jenkins was a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed by John Dabritz Friday morning near Ely. According to a statement from Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command, the trooper was conducting a motorist assist about 5:54 a.m. at US-93 and White Pine county mile marker 106 near Ely.

Ben Jenkins Bio – Biography

Sergeant Ben Jenkins was a 47-year-old Elko native who devoted his life to public service and to serving Nevadans. Jenkins started working for NHP in 2008 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2017.


He began working for the Nevada Highway Patrol in March 2008 as a Trooper in Jackpot and was promoted to Sergeant in Elko in 2017.

Prior to NHP, he was a training officer for the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division, a crew supervisor for the Nevada Division of Forestry, an Assistant Fire Chief for the Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and a veteran of both the Army National Guard and Air National Guard.

In 2011, Jenkins received the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s highest honour, the Gold Medal of Valor, which is presented to officers who perform an extraordinary act of heroism.

Wife, Family

Jenkins is survived by his wife, his mother, four children, and five grandchildren. This is a time of tremendous grief for our agency, his family, and our communities. A memorial service is pending and that information will be forthcoming.


The shooting happened shortly before 6 a.m. while a trooper was conducting a motorist assist at US-93 and White Pine County mile marker 106 in Ely.

The Nevada Department of Transportation says that US-93 is closed in both directions near South Clover Valley Rd. in Currie. Expect long delays.  The Eureka County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the trooper who was shot this morning is dead. They also say that the shooter has been taken into custody.

Suspect John Dabritz

Eureka County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook that the suspect was taken into custody. NHP identified the suspect as 65-year-old John Dabritz from White Pine. NHP said multiple agencies assisted in taking Dabritz into custody.

The Nevada Highway Patrol has released the name of the trooper killed Friday morning.

We are devastated to report that Sgt Ben Jenkins #4196 was killed in the line of duty this morning. He had stopped to assist a motorist on US-93 in the White Pine county area and was fatally struck by gunfire. Sgt Jenkins devoted his life to public service and to serving Nevadans