Sergeant Carlton Daniel Jenkins

Sergeant Carlton Daniel Jenkins

Camden County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, August 28, 2000

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Carlton Daniel Jenkins

Sergeant Carlton Jenkins was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a robbery suspect on northbound I-95, near mile marker 19, at 12:39 am.

Sergeant Jenkins had stopped an older model vehicle in response to a bulletin put out by a neighboring jurisdiction in Florida. The vehicle was connected to several armed robberies that had happened earlier in the evening.

During the stop, Sergeant Jenkins ordered the suspect to exit and approach the rear of the vehicle. However, the suspect did not comply and stood in the doorway of the vehicle. Sergeant Jenkins repeated his order as the suspect reached inside the vehicle saying he was retrieving his license. He immediately turned and fired four shots at the officer. As Sergeant Jenkins was laying on the ground the suspect took his handgun and shot him in the head, killing him. The entire incident occurred in less than 20 seconds, 13 of which Sergeant Jenkins was being fired upon.

A passing truck driver witnessed part of the incident and called for help using Sergeant Jenkins' radio. The trucker was able to give a description of the vehicle and the suspect was arrested approximately four hours later. The man was sentenced to two life sentences plus 35 years without the possibility of parole.

Sergeant Jenkins had served with the Camden County Sheriff's Office for seven years and had previously served with the Kingsland Police Department and the United States Department of Defense - Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Police Department. He had been recognized as Officer of the Year in 1999. He is survived by his wife and five children.

In August of 2010, the 28th day of August was declared to be Sergeant Carlton Daniel Jenkins Day in Camden County.

Bio

  • Age 36
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 1111

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, traffic stop

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I was sitting here tonight working on a paper for school on the death penalty. I pulled up your story and wrote about you and the night you were taken away from us here on earth. You've always been a dear friend, the best man at our wedding and many nights of games nights at your house watching you flip the game board because you got mad. You were an amazing officer, friend, father etc. etc. etc. We miss you. When I see 1111 pop up anywhere, I think of you and say hello. I will never forget the night that you left this world and look forward to seeing you again. Give my mom a kiss and hug. I am sure you have her laughing her behind off with your stories.

Michele Schwartz
Family and Friend. CSX Railroad Police, ex Nassau County SO 911

May 6, 2020

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