Patrol Officer Randy J. Zimmerman

Patrol Officer Randy J. Zimmerman

Jacksonville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, October 2, 1992

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Randy J. Zimmerman

Officer Zimmerman was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Officer Zimmerman, his partner, and a reserve officer responded to a home on Harrison Street. After the male and female subject were separated, Officer Zimmerman had the reserve deputy escort the female into another room.

As the reserve deputy was moving the female, Officer Zimmerman and his partner asked the male to stand up so he could be placed under arrest. As the man stood up, he produced a pistol from his waistband and began shooting at the officers. Officer Zimmerman was struck in the neck and in the back of the left arm, but was able to return fire. His partner also attempted to return fire but was struck in his gun hand, causing his service weapon to malfunction. The suspect was killed by the return fire.

Officer Zimmerman had served with the Jacksonville Police Department for 10 months. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge 216

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was priveledged to grow up going to church with officer Zimmerman. He was our R.A. leader at church along with my father who also was a former police officer in Longview, Tx.

Officer Zimmerman's son was my age at the time and my friend inn the Royal Ambassadors (around 11 years of age...) What this report states I can verify as accurate. Except the man came out of his house and caught the officers off guard shooting Randy in the throat and his partner in the hand... I know one thing, Officer Zimmerman's last words on the way to the hospital were "I love my family, I love my God"... I have thought about this man and his son and daughter over the years many times. How he gave the ultimate. I loved him and respected him. He was very much a good and godly man, a good teacher... The news of his passing crushed me as a child. I would soon become a home missionary through the same church he had served at in a small mission church in upstate N.Y.

I'm 37 now, lived a long life of struggle and priveledge I didn't deserve, a former officer whose sadly fallen down myself. I am thankful I got to know Officer Zimmerman and his children. I hope and pray they are well today. That his widow is well. God bless them and thank you sir for your service and keeping the man you attempted to apprehend's family safe, however tragic it was, you saved their lives. I hope to see you again in a better place sir. All my love to those involved. May we all be counted worthy to see each other again someday in the arms of our Father, The Holy Spirit and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...

Aaron Sanders.

Discharged Aaron Sanders
Gregg County

December 12, 2018

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