Corporal Mario Roberto Jenkins

Corporal Mario Roberto Jenkins

University of Central Florida Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, September 24, 2005

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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 underage 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 was a United States Marine Corps veteran who served with the University of Central Florida Police Department for three years and previously served with the Clermont Police Department for one year. He is survived by his wife and parents.

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Corporal.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity

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18 years. At times it seems like yesterday. But in reality much time has passed. A child who was not even born yet on the day we lost you, will arrive at adulthood this year. Perhaps joining the Marine Corps or entering the police academy, following in your foot steps.

I still get emotional when telling people about you and what happened that day. Your picture still hangs proudly on my wall at work, resting above “Life’s Handbook” as written by fallen hero D/S Scott Pine, given to me by his father several years ago. I have tried to live a good life and embrace the lessons you taught me and the positive, respectful, and helpful attitude both you and Scott embraced.

Hope we are all making you proud. Miss you doctor.


September 24, 2023

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