Sergeant Pelethiah M. Jenks

Photo of Sergeant Pelethiah M. Jenks
End of Watch: Mon, Oct 8th, 1883
Date of Incident: Not Known
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 15 years
Age: 43


He was survived by his wife and several children.


Sergeant Peletiah Jenks was shot and killed when he attempted to disarm a woman who was waving a firearm around in a vacant lot near Biddle and Eighth Streets.

He grabbed the woman from behind but she spun around and shot him at point blank range. The woman was later apprehended.

Sadie Hays set to be hanged on January 1, 1886, but the courts granted a reprieve. On January 24, 1887, she was allowed to plead guilty to murder in the second degree, and she was sentenced to 99 years in prison

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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