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 and the accomplice but was able to return fire and kill the accomplice. The woman and the prisoner fled the scene but were arrested a short time later. Both were convicted of second-degree murder. The prisoner, a convicted felon, was sentenced to life in prison. The female was sentenced to 50- 80 years.

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

escape attempt, parolee, prisoner custody

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Officer Carpenter and I were classmates at Macomb County community college . We were in the basic police academy in the summer of 1974 . Super nice person with a quick wit . When I learned of his death I stopped at our church and prayed for him . I went to the funeral and met his family and brother officers.

Lawrence Sproul Sgt. Retired
Cheboygan County Sheriff Dept.

April 14, 2024

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