SWANSEA, IL (KTVI)- A freak accident has claimed the life of a former police officer who gave so much of his life to the community. Sherman Jumper, 70, spent 29 years at the East St. Louis Police Department, rising to the rank of captain.
Walter Taylor, Jumper’s good friend, said, “I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it .What are the odds against that happening. I mean I can’t even imagine it.”
East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Hubbard said, “When I got out of field training we got a chance to work together. I got a lot of wisdom from Sherman Jumper. Not only was a he a good officer…not only was he a pillar in the community, he was a good friend.”
Swansea police said the incident happened Wednesday in Jumper’s garage. He was carrying a bag with a loaded gun in it. He reportedly dropped the bag and the gun fired, killing him.
Taylor says Jumper served at the police department when the organization was going through many tough years. Taylor added, “He was always clear headed and kept his head about him. He was a service to the community.”
Jumper did not sit on his hands when he retired. He returned to college and graduate magna cum laude. He joined the service fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi and continued to make the world a better place.
Taylor said, “I think every weekend or so they were doing for the community. They are always giving back paying it forward in the community.”
During his retirement, Jumper also worked part time at a funeral home helping others cope in their time of need.
Jumper is survived by his wife, four children, and one step child.