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Corporal Gerald Kevin Simmons | East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Corporal

Gerald Kevin Simmons

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Monday, November 21, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Corporal Gerald Simmons was shot and killed while monitoring an undercover drug buy from a hotel room. During the transaction the suspect decided to kill the confidential informant. In an attempt to save the man's life Corporal Simmons entered the hotel room from the adjoining room. The suspect opened fire, striking Corporal Simmons in the eye. Corporal Simmons was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound.

Corporal Simmons had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his parents and four sisters.

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I remember that day as if it were yesterday, shutting down traffic for the ambulance en route to OLOL Hospital.

It was the first time that I had to look down into a coffin at someone who was wearing the same uniform as I was...it was devastating.

Rest In Peace Jerry.

(Former) Deputy Marc Melane
(Formerly with) East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
March 4, 2016

 

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