Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # 14
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)
Corporal Mario Jenkins was shot and killed by an Orlando police officer who mistook him for an armed suspect at a University of Central Florida football game.
He was working a plainclothes assignment with other university police and Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents, to combat under age drinking at the football game.
Corporal Jenkins had approached a group of students and identified himself as a police officer. As he began to question them, the students became belligerent and a scuffle ensued. During the scuffle, Corporal Jenkins' service weapon was discharged. The shots attracted the attention of a nearby Orlando police officer who immediately responded to the scene. The officer, unaware of Corporal Jenkins' identity, fired three shots and mortally wounded him.
On February 2, 2007, the suspect who started the scuffle by grabbing Corporal Jenkins was sentenced to two concurrent six months terms after pleading guilty to battering a police officer and obstructing justice.
Corporal Jenkins had served with the University of Central Florida Police Department for 3 years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had previously served with the Clermont Police Department for 1 year. He is survived by his wife.