Officer Jerome Palmer

Officer Jerome Palmer

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, November 17, 1920

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Jerome Palmer

Officer Jerome Palmer was shot and killed by an Army deserter from Fort Lewis who had committed several robberies with a second deserter.

A large number of officers had been reassigned to the area to look for the suspects. Officer Palmer and a second officer located the subjects near the intersection of 6th Avenue and Glisan Street. One of the men fled when he was told he was under arrest. The man turned and opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Palmer.

The other officer wounded the subject and then apprehended him. The man was hanged at the Oregon State Prison on March 9th, 1923.

Officer Palmer had served with the Portland Police Bureau for eight years. He was survived by his mother and four brothers.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1923

deserter, robbery

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Officer Palmer,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Portland.


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November 17, 2020

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