Patrolman Benitez was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest two robbery suspects. The suspects, who were being chased by the officers, crashed into a parked car at St. Claude and Anthony Streets. In an exchange of gunfire Patrolman Benitez was shot in the face. Both suspects were arrested minutes later in the downtown area after a shootout with several officers.
Patrolman Benitez's killer was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. The other suspect was sentenced to life.p