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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 left work and said goodbye when 30 minutes later this happened to you. I will never forget being in the emergency room with you, Terry and Brian looking on. I was so young I couldn't fathom the reality of what happened. Know your sacrifice has shaped so many of our lives and we all honor you and the Jennings family. I spent some time with Terry after and reading her recent post brought tears to my eyes. I got to see first hand the struggle she went through that first year and I can only offer honor and everlasting memory to honor your sacrifice. I pray to meet you one day in eternity. Know your memory and story is continually shared with many young officers as one thing Terry asked of us, "Never forget" and I won't. I also pray for those left behind like Terry and your family - God Bless you. Love - Mark Gonzalez

Sergeant Mark Gonzalez
Capitola Police - Formber Butte County Sheriff Deputy
January 24, 2015


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