Benjamin Plank’s Competency Hearing Canced
Last month, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office deputies were serving eviction notices on Benjamin Plank when he opened fire, killing one deputy Bobby Swartz and wounding two more – Mark Johns being one of them.
This week, a competency hearing for the suspect was postponed as the judge believes more evaluation by the department of mental health is necessary.
Early Life and Education
Fred Benjamin Plank was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 14th 1922. After serving during World War II and upon returning, he held various professions before finally settling as a rural letter carrier.
Authorities now have a better idea of what was inside the home of the suspect accused of killing an Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputy and seriously injuring another. Search warrant returns show officers found an array of firearms as well as hundreds of live rounds in his residence.
Dr. Benjamin Plank is a board certified cardiology specialist practicing in Honolulu, Hawaii with over 16 years of experience. He earned his doctorate at Universitad Miami/ School Of Medicine in 2006 and now practices out of both North Hawaii Community Hospital and Queens Medical Center.
Benjamin Plank, 35 years old and arrested for the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office deputy last weekend. This event reignited attention to red flag laws which allow courts to keep individuals who may pose risks to themselves or others from possessing firearms.
Court documents reveal that Plank made extensive plans ahead of the shootout in which Sgt. Bobby Swartz was killed and another deputy injured. An arrest affidavit and inventory log of items taken from his home shed more light on this allegation of planning by Plank, according to KFOR.
The suspect, who reportedly faced deportation to Mexico, shot two Orange County Sheriff’s deputies who attempted to serve an eviction notice at his home and fled in his pickup truck with its trailer attached. Once on the run he exchanged fire with various law enforcement officers as they pursued him.
Achievement and Honors
Benjamin Plank, an Oklahoma man accused of killing one officer and injuring another during a shooting last August has had his competency hearing cancelled. Plank opened fire on Oklahoma County deputies Mark Johns and Bobby Swartz when they attempted to serve him an eviction notice at his residence before leading police on a chase, ultimately surrendering outside Tinker Air Force Base’s main gate.
According to court documents, the defendant is unfit to represent himself due to delusional beliefs that distort his perception of events. He believes his family are part of a pedophile conspiracy and police are conspiring with them against him; furthermore, he thinks “self-replicating nanobots” have been introduced into him and needs help from professionals for treatment.
Judge Savage ordered the state department to provide counsel and the court with updates every 90 days regarding Plank’s progress, with no official transcript available from Thursday’s hearing; News 9 reported Savage believed with treatment Plank would become competent enough to continue.
Benjamin Plank was charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon following the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma County deputy at his residence in Edmond. Deputy Bobby Swartz was killed while injuring Mark Johns was severely injured before driving away in his pickup truck towing a boat before exchanging gunfire with officers before pulling into Tinker Air Force Base where he was tackled and tased by officers before dramatic body cam and dash camera footage was released of this event.
Benjamin Plank was captured by authorities after being accused of fatally wounding two police officers serving him an eviction notice and engaging in an escalating car chase after. Recently released body and dash cam footage shows what transpired – both body cam footage as well as dash cam footage shows this chase from start to finish.
Current charges against him have him held at Oklahoma County Detention Center, though his attorney claims to fight until trial commences.
Estimated at over $1 billion, Plank is estimated to be worth an estimated $450 million. He shares four children between his ex-wife Gisele Bundchen and former flame Bridget Moynahan; three from each relationship can be found among their wealth; he owns both a mansion in Potomac as well as the Washington Redskins training complex he owns, his art collection valued at $100 million and various charities he supports such as Catholic Charities and Heights School in Washington while promising most of their wealth over his lifetime.