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Polybun, also known as Polyhead (real name: Benjamin Jeffrey Smith or just Ben Smith, born November 28, 1978[1] in Concord, Massachusetts, USA), is a furry fan from Portland, Oregon.


Polybun is a muscle car enthusiast and has had some ties with alt-right groups.[citation needed]

Fandom involvement[edit]

Polybun was one of the original founders of the initial #babyfur IRC channel on Furnet (which is not to be confused with the established furry fandom's babyfurs, the IRC channel #babyfurs, nor the current #babyfur IRC channel).[2]


Polybun's fursona is a small male bunny.


On February 22, 2022, it was reported that Polybun was the main suspect[3][4] in the Normandale Park shooting that took place on February 19 at a Black Lives Matter vigil for Amir Locke, a black man who was killed by police in Minnesota earlier that month.

The shooting incident killed volunteer Brandy "June" Knightly, a 60-year-old white woman,[5] with one of the surviving victims being struck in the neck and paralyzed, another one struck in the abdomen, and the last two being treated at a local hospital and discharged. Polybun himself was shot in the hip by a member of the targeted crowd and hospitalized.[6]

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office formally identified Smith and charged him later that day with one count of second degree murder, four counts of attempted first degree murder with a firearm, and four counts of assault with a firearm.[7][8]. He has since pled guilty to these charges,[9] and has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 55 years served.[10]


  1. Polybunny's profile om Polyhead.net. Retrieved February 22.2022.
  2. Polybun was one of the original founders of the #babyfur IRC channel on furnet. post by Drakedasheep on Twitter. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  3. Benjamin Jeffrey Smith AKA Polybun: Accused Portland Mass Shooter article on Heavy. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  4. Alleged killer in Normandale Park protest shooting identified as Benjamin Smith article on the OPB. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  5. Victim of deadly shooting at Normandale Park identified; witness says shooter fired 'immediately' on unarmed group article on The Oregonian. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  6. 'Completely predictable': the Portland shooting and fears of escalating extremism in America article on The Guardian. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  7. "Normandale Park Shooting Victim Identified". Portland Police Bureau. February 22, 2022. Retrieved on February 23, 2022.
  8. Wilson, Conrad; Haas, Ryan. "Multnomah County prosecutor charges suspected park shooter with murder". Oregon Public Broadcasting. February 22, 2022. Retrieved on February 23, 2022.
  9. Sparling, Zane. "Gunman in mass shooting at Portland protest pleads guilty to murder". Oregon Live. March 8, 2023. Retrieved on April 18, 2023.
  10. Sparling, Zane. "Normandale Park gunman sentenced to life in prison for mass shooting targeting Portland activists". Oregon Live. April 18, 2023. Retrieved on April 18, 2023.

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