Deputy Sheriff Franklin Jay Minnie, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Franklin Jay Minnie, Sr.

Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 1997

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Franklin Jay Minnie, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Franklin Minnie succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier in a motorcycle crash as he was pursuing a trespassing suspect on I-80.

As Deputy Minnie was passing a tractor-trailer a piece of debris struck his motorcycle, causing him to lose control and strike the median near the Boomstown exit.

Deputy Minnie was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Friday, May 30, 1997
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

trespasser, vehicle pursuit

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Frank worked for me on several shifts when I was a watch commander. He was always one of the hardest workers on the shift and loved working traffic. Prior to coming to our agency he had also worked for LAPD and Nye County SO (Nevada). I remember one night he was arresting a man at his home on an assault and his dog attacked Frank. Frank fought the dog off, arrested its owner and didn't get stitched up until he had dropped his prisoner off at booking. Frank was a great cop and will always be sorely missed all who knew him. He also loved motorcycles and liked being a motor officer, having come by and allowing my young son to sit on his bike--thanks Frank for always being there...

Jim Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office and Nevada DPS

October 16, 2017

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