Incident Summary:

03/27/2020: An assailant opened fire on a police officer who stopped to check on an abandoned vehicle near Ely, Nevada, United States. Sergeant Ben Jenkins of the Nevada Highway patrol was killed in the attack. This was one of three related attacks carried out by the same assailant on the same day. Authorities arrested John Dabritz, who later pleaded guilty to the incidents. Sources suspected that the assailant intended to evade arrest from the earlier events and noted that attacks may have been related to the his anti-government views.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Near Ely

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Nevada Highway Patrol
Specific Description Sergeant: Ben Jenkins
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
An accelerant was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Government extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man Who Admitted Killing Nevada Trooper Gets Life in Prison," US News & World Report, September 28, 2021.
"Suspect in NHP trooper's killing linked to 'anti-government extremism'," Las Vegas Review Journal, May 8, 2020.
"NHP trooper identified, remembered after being shot, killed during stop near Ely," NBC News 3 Las Vegas, March 27, 2020.