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Deputy Sheriff Randal Eugene Jennings | Butte County Sheriff's Office, California Butte County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

Randal Eugene Jennings

Butte County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 21, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 30

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/21/1997

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed by Deputy Jennings

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Deputy Jennings was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Deputy Jennings had responded to a call in which it was reported that a man was beating his wife. Upon arrival a gun battle ensued in a dark field and Deputy Jennings was struck five times, twice in the neck, once in the wrist. Two shots were stopped by his bullet resistant vest.

Deputy Jennings was able to return fire and kill the suspect with one shot.

Deputy Jennings is survived by his wife, also a police officer, and his stepson.

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I am not sure what to say, except I remember that night vividly. I was so sad when your death was confirmed, it dealt my heart a huge blow. I had my own very personal demons to deal with. Shortly afterwards, I knew I had to focus on you and the way you lived your life, rather than the way you died, and that would help ease the pain. I still have dreams about all of that; and some folks call it PTSD.

Randy, you were such a great guy! I remember sitting at the "Cornucopia" talking about your Simpson College days. I am glad to know that you knew our Lord God and Savior, and I am honored to have worked with you!

I pray to see you one day in Eternity!

May God, our Lord and Savior bless and keep you!

Anonymous, Sergeant (retired), Riv. Co.
Former Sgt, and BCSO alum
September 11, 2014


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