Police Officer Bruce Jacobs
Jackson Police Department, Mississippi
End of Watch: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: July 20, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Police Chief Lindsey Horton
Jackson Police Department
327 East Pascagoula Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: (601) 960-1234
Police Officer Bruce Jacobs was struck and killed by a vehicle on I-55, near Northside Drive, while removing debris from the highway at approximately 1:30 pm.
A barbeque grill had fallen from another vehicle and was blocking a travel lane. Officer Jacobs had retrieved it from the road and was attempting to place it in the trunk of his patrol car when he was struck from behind. He was transported to University of Mississippi Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle that struck him was also transported to the hospital with injuries.
Officer Jacobs had served with the Jackson Police Department for five years and was assigned to Precinct 4.
A Jackson police officer was struck and killed Saturday while removing debris from I-55.
Jackson police spokeswoman Colendula Green identified the deceased officer as Bruce Jacob of Precinct 4, a five-year veteran of the department.
Chief Lindsey Horton said Jacob received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m. about debris on I-55 South near Northside Drive.
Horton said Jacob found a barbecue grill that had fallen onto the roadway.
WJTV-TV reported that Jacob had retrieved the grill from the interstate and was placing it into his trunk when a motorist hit the officer and his vehicle from behind.
Jacob was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he died of his injuries, Horton said.
“It’s always tough to lose anyone, and not just the death of an officer but even an injury,” Horton told WAPT-TV.
“We knew and we know that this job is very dangerous. He was a public servant doing what we do when we receive calls for service.”
Assistant Chief Lee Vance said the driver of the vehicle that hit Jacob was injured and also transported to UMC and still was undergoing treatment late Saturday afternoon. The driver’s name, condition nor any information on possible charges were released.
Horton said an investigation is continuing.