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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

Incident Date: 8/28/2000

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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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I am happy to see a proper memorial presented at this mile marker for this brave officer. I am not the trucker that helped him, but... I stopped a month or so back to lift the fallen flag from the muck because, as a VET, I could not look on it every day as I passed. I guess it was only coincidence that shortly after, it was given a proper treatment and a day to commemorate his sacrifice.

But, I cannot tell you how proud I feel every day (twice) as I pass by it! Now that I know who it was for, and the circumstances, I am saddened and humbled. I feel for his family and friends.

Just, please... don't ever post a flag as a memorial and then let it fall onto the ground.... unattended.... again. As a "driver," I pass such "descansos" often along the highways of this great country. Crosses and flags.... they each tug at my heart. Little crosses for little children... larger ones for the parents. One set aside for the trucker who might also have died in the crash (and was probably blamed.)

But, THIS one made me stop. (Probably because I got another "run" at it.) But, mostly because it was not "proper." Please remember that a memorial is not JUST for the one lost... but, for others to see. What I saw (originally) was not right for Sgt. Jenkins OR for me.

But, that has all been rectified now. And I thank you. I assure you that I pay respect now everytime I pass by. I have SOME peace.... and I hope the family does, as well. God bless you.

Sgt. Jenkins was a true American hero. As are ALL who give their all for our protection.

Northbound FedEX driver

Sgt. Harris
USAF / truck driver
October 26, 2013

 

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