Deputy Sheriff Aerl Lee Jernigan

Deputy Sheriff Aerl Lee Jernigan

Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, December 21, 1975

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Aerl Lee Jernigan

Deputy Jernigan was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a convenience store. When he arrived at the scene he was shot with a .30-.30 rifle and killed.

One of the suspects was convicted of capital murder but had the sentence commuted to life. The second suspect was acquitted of capital murder.

Deputy Jernigan was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

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Today, my mind went back to that day we were told you had gone to be with the Lord. I was just 11 years old but my heart broke when I heard the story. You were such a great man, Brother Jernigan and my life was a better place for having known you and your family. Our Church, Bible Baptist Church, had a piece missing after that, but you will never be forgotten. Thank You for your endless service.

Donna Carbonell, Church Member in 1975
Friend of the Family in 1975

April 24, 2019

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