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Patrolman M. Jerome Uvalde Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

M. Jerome "Jerry" Franklin

Uvalde Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, March 25, 1961

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to six years

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Patrolman Jerry Franklin was shot and killed at 0100 hours in a cell at the Uvalde police station after he and another officer arrested a juvenile for intoxication and possession of alcohol.

As they placed the boy in a cell he began to resist. Patrolman Franklin's holster and weapon was knocked to the ground during the scuffle. The boy was then able to gain control of the second officer's gun and shot Patrolman Franklin, killing him instantly. The second officer continued to struggle with the suspect but the boy freed himself and ran up the stair.
A dispatcher confronted the suspect and disarmed him. He then placed the boy in an office and then went to check on Patrolman Franklin. The suspect escaped from the office but was returned to the police station by his mother.

The boy was sentenced to six years.


Patrolman Franklin had been employed with the Uvalde Police Department for 2 1/2 years and is survived by his wife, daughter, son, father, two brothers, and two sisters.

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Rest in Peace Officer Jerry Franklin. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I pray for Peace for your Family, Friends & Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue and gnaw at the flesh of the scum that took your life!

Amen

Sr. Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police
March 25, 2016

 

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