Sergeant Joseph B. Jennings

Sergeant Joseph B. Jennings

Roanoke City Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, June 28, 1965

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Joseph B. Jennings

Sergeant Joseph Jennings succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 20 years earlier while attempting to arrest a man at a garage in northwest Roanoke. He was investigating the suspect regarding the theft of an electric drill at about 7:00 pm when the incident occurred.

During the arrest, the two began to struggle and the suspect gained control of Sergeant Jenning's weapon. The man shot him several times, including a shot which severed his spinal column and left him paralyzed.


  • Age 74
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, September 26, 1945
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available


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Rest in peace Sergeant Jennings.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 2, 2021

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