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Sergeant Carlton Daniel Jenkins | Camden County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Camden County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Sergeant

Carlton Daniel Jenkins

Camden County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, August 28, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 1111

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Carlton Jenkins was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a robbery suspect on I-95 shortly after midnight.

Sergeant Jenkins had stopped an older model vehicle in response to a bulletin put out by a neighboring jurisdiction in Florida. The want was for a suspect in several armed robberies which had happened earlier in the evening.

During the stop, Sergeant Jenkins ordered the suspect to exit and approach the rear of the vehicle. However, the suspect did not comply and stood in doorway of the vehicle. Sergeant Jenkins repeated his order as the suspect reached inside the vehicle saying he was retrieving his license. He immediately turned and fired four shots at the officer. As Sergeant Jenkins was laying on the ground, the suspect took his handgun and shot him in the head, killing him. The entire incident occurred in less than 20 seconds, 13 of which Sergeant Jenkins was being fired upon.

A passing truck driver witnessed part of the incident and called for help using Sergeant Jenkins' radio. The trucker was able to give a description of the vehicle and the suspect was arrested approximately four hours later. The man was sentenced to two life sentences, plus 35 years, without the possibility of parole.

Sergeant Jenkins had been with the Camden County Sheriff's Department for 7 years, and had been in law enforcement for 11 years. The Camden County Sheriff's Department awarded him, Officer of the Year, in 1999. He is survived by his wife and five children.

In August of 2010, the 28th of August was declared to be Sergeant Carlton Daniel Jenkins Day in Camden County.

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Hello my friend,

I found myself thinking about you today. It's been almost 15 years and I still miss you very much. In some ways it seems like yesterday when you were here, and in others- a lifetime ago. I know your still looking out for me as well as your family and everyone else who were your friends. Joe and I still talk but not as often as we used to. I guess we've both gotten very busy in our lives and careers. He just had surgery but I haven't spoken to him since the day before..Lori said there were complications but all turned out well. I can't help but think all the success I've enjoyed is somehow due to you- Joe's too.

Life seems so much more complicated than back in the day. I miss all the good times and conversations we had.. I feel like everything is speeding up now and I find myself with somewhat of a lack of direction. I guess I'm still trying to figure out why I'm here- and what I'm supposed to do. Lately I've had a strange feeling I'll be seeing you again soon....but at the same time I don't think I've done whatever it is I'm supposed to do here. I guess that's not for me to know though...

Talk to you later Dan.

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March 10, 2015

 

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