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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Uncle dan I wish I could have had the chance to know you better but you guy's lived in GA, I don't know much about you except my mom "your sister carol" said we looked like twins when I was a kid; I was only 10 when you passed away and uncle Joe wrote a beautiful eulogy about you. Four years after your passing me and your daughter becky spent the weekend at grandma dots and grandpa steves for the summer along with your niece sarai " your sister jan's daughter in bloomington,IN, it was a fun summer. A lot has changed since you passed and a lot of relatives have gone to a better place. I love you Uncle Dan.

Jason Canon
Dan Jenkins Nephew

August 3, 2020

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