Patrolman M. Jerome "Jerry" Franklin

Patrolman M. Jerome "Jerry" Franklin

Uvalde Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, March 25, 1961

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M. Jerome "Jerry" Franklin

Patrolman Jerry Franklin was shot and killed at 1 am in a cell at the Uvalde police station after he and another officer arrested a juvenile for intoxication and possession of alcohol.

As they placed the boy in a cell, he began to resist. During the scuffle, Patrolman Franklin's holster and the weapon were knocked to the ground. The boy was then able to gain control of the second officer's gun and shot Patrolman Franklin, killing him instantly. The second officer struggled with the suspect, but the boy freed himself and ran up the stairs.
A dispatcher confronted the suspect and disarmed him. He then placed the boy in an office and then went to check on Patrolman Franklin. The suspect escaped from the office but was returned to the police station by his mother.

The boy was sentenced to six years.

Patrolman Franklin was United States Navy Reserve World War II veteran and had served the Uvalde Police Department for 2 1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, father, two brothers, and two sisters.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to six years

alcohol violation, arrest, juvenile offender

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Rest in Peace Officer Jerry Franklin. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I pray for Peace for your Family, Friends & Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue and gnaw at the flesh of the scum that took your life!


Sr. Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police

March 25, 2016

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