Corporal Gerald Kevin Simmons

Corporal Gerald Kevin Simmons

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, November 21, 1988

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Gerald Kevin Simmons

Corporal Jerry Simmons was shot and killed while monitoring an undercover drug buy from a hotel room.

During the transaction, the suspect decided to kill the confidential informant. In an attempt to save the man's life, Corporal Simmons entered the hotel room from the adjoining room. The suspect opened fire, striking Corporal Simmons in the eye. Corporal Simmons was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wound.

Corporal Simmons had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his parents and four sisters.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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As I sit here in an empty nest, as the 2 year old son I have raised since 31 Oct 2004 is now a 20 year old man in his second year of college. I found myself going through old boxes and came across a card your sister sent me during my darkest time. I do remember the card from 18 years ago, but needed to refresh my memory of what a brave man you were and the family that loves you. You chose to put your life on the line to save another. You chose to go forward. You chose to have no fear. We need more like you today.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8

Terry Donovan

November 3, 2022

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