Sergeant Frederick Booth

Sergeant Frederick Booth

Jackson Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, March 19, 1906

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Frederick Booth

Sergeant Frederick Booth was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three suspects for robbing a post office in a nearby town the previous night. As he and citizens attempted to arrest the men one of them produced a .38 caliber revolver and shot Sergeant Booth.

All three suspects were apprehended a short time later. The killer was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. The other two were sentenced to 7 to 15 years. On July 25, 1919, one of the two was shot and killed in Toledo, Ohio, after attacking a taxi driver.

The killer was released from prison on May 15, 1921. Six months later he was arrested in Detroit and charged with the attempted robbery of a bank in Lamb. In 1885 he and two other men were acquitted of a murder in Michigan. The jurors were horrified and in much doubt about their decision when lightning hit the court house at the exact same time the verdict was read.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Released in 1921

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 19, 2010

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