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Patrol Officer Randy J. Zimmerman | Jacksonville Police Department, Texas Jacksonville Police Department, Texas

Patrol Officer

Randy J. Zimmerman

Jacksonville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, October 2, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 10 months

Badge # 216

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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I was 12 years old when Officer Zimmerman was shot. The word spread quickly through Jacksonville and I remember feeling so helpless and couldn't fully understand the gravity of the situation. I later served as a police officer in Jacksonville and even worked the same beat where Officer was killed. Every pass that I made by that residence on Harrison St. I couldn't help but to pray for his wife and kids. Randy, District 1 is covered. Rest In Peace brother.

Detective Tim McDonald
Smith County Sheriff's Office
September 30, 2016

 

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