Patrolman Gerald Lee Carpenter

Patrolman Gerald Lee Carpenter

Pontiac Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, December 7, 1976

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Gerald Lee Carpenter

Patrolman Gerald Carpenter was shot and killed at the Pontiac General Hospital while guarding a prisoner who had been wounded in a shootout the previous day.

A woman dressed as a nurse and a male accomplice arrived at the suspect's room in an attempt to free him. The woman overpowered the officer in the room, tied him up with bedsheets, and placed him in a bathroom.

Patrolman Carpenter became suspicious and entered the room with his gun drawn. He was shot by the woman but was able to return fire and killed the accomplice. The woman and the original suspect fled the scene but were arrested a short time later.

Patrolman Carpenter had served with the Pontiac Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 125

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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This was my cousin.
I was only 8 years old when this happened.
May he RIP

Doreena Dropulich Tompkins

May 10, 2023

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