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Trooper Calvin Wayne Jenks | Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

Trooper

Calvin Wayne Jenks

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, January 6, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years, 8 months

Badge # 484

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Calvin Jenks was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of Highways 14 and 54 in Tipton County.

During the stop, Trooper Jenks smelled marijuana from the vehicle and was told by the driver that there were drugs in the center console. When he asked the passenger if he had any drugs, the man produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Trooper Jenks once in the head and once in the body.

Both men fled the scene but were arrested 13 hours later in Nashville, approximately 200 miles from where the shooting occurred. In December 2007, one suspect was found guilty of the facilitation of first degree murder and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison. The second shooter also received a life sentence in June 2008.

Trooper Jenks' body was found next to his patrol car by two hunters who were in the area. His patrol car's video camera recorded the entire incident.

Trooper Jenks had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for almost 3 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, four brothers, a sister, grandparents and a large extended family.

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Calvin, there is no greater love than when a man lays down his life for another. I think of you often as I hear of needless slayings in our country by illegal and legal individuals from other countries involved in serious crimes as this. I too am a Columbia, TN native and wanted to say thank you from my heart for bravely serving the citizens of Tennessee. This life is short and you left way to early. Hope to see you one day in Heaven for I know that is exactly where you are. A place of no pain, no tears, and no greater love from a loving and caring God. God Bless you.

Former First Lieutenant
Columbia Military Academy
July 22, 2015

 

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