Corporal Mario Roberto Jenkins

Corporal Mario Roberto Jenkins

University of Central Florida Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, September 24, 2005

Mario Roberto Jenkins

Corporal Mario Jenkins was shot and killed by an Orlando police officer who mistook him for an armed suspect at a University of Central Florida football game.

He was working a plainclothes assignment with other university police and Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents, to combat under age drinking at the football game.

Corporal Jenkins had approached a group of students and identified himself as a police officer. As he began to question them, the students became belligerent and a scuffle ensued. During the scuffle, Corporal Jenkins' service weapon was discharged. The shots attracted the attention of a nearby Orlando police officer who immediately responded to the scene. The officer, unaware of Corporal Jenkins' identity, fired three shots and mortally wounded him.

On February 2nd, 2007, the subject who started the scuffle by grabbing Corporal Jenkins was sentenced to two concurrent six months terms after pleading guilty to battering a police officer and obstructing justice.

Corporal Jenkins had served with the University of Central Florida Police Department for three years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had previously served with the Clermont Police Department for one year. He is survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 14
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

mistaken identity

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It is now 13 years since your tragic death. I wonder what happened to the students who caused this tragedy and the Officer who ended this tragedy. Were any lessons learned or punishments handed out? Were the students charged with a crime and made to pay a price for their disgusting behavior? Did the Orlando Officer ever get counselling to deal with his actions?

A lot can happen in 13 years, I can only hope and pray that SOMETHING good came of this horrible event and pray as well that those you left behind has been able to recover somewhat from your loss, though I know it would be a long and brutal road.

God Bless you, Brother and may your continued rest remain peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

September 24, 2018

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