Police Officer Allen Lee Jacobs
Greenville Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch: Friday, March 18, 2016
Tour of Duty: 4 years, 6 months
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 18, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Committed suicide
Agency Contact Information
Police Chief Ken Miller
Greenville Police Department
4 McGee Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: (864) 271-5333
Police Officer Allen Lee Jacobs was shot multiple times as he and other Crime Response Team officers attempted to serve a warrant on a wanted gang member at a home near Rebecca Street and Ackley Road, in the Nicholtown neighborhood.
When the subject saw the officers he fled on foot onto a wooded path with officers in pursuit. He was chased into the backyard of a home where he fatally shot Officer Jacobs. He was able to continue fleeing but encountered other officers who had been posted on a perimeter. He committed suicide before he could be taken into custody.
Other officers rendered aid to Officer Jacobs, who was transported to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Jacobs was a decorated United States Army veteran and served with the Greenville Police Department for four and one-half years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two sons.
A Greenville police officer running after a “known gang member” in the Nicholtown community was shot multiple times as he rounded the corner of a house before he died Friday afternoon, Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller said.
The suspect in the shooting took his own life while being surrounded by police officers near the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Miller said.
Officer Allen Jacobs, 28, a decorated veteran of the Iraqi War, was the father of two young boys and his wife is pregnant, Miller said.
The suspect, Deontea Perry Mackey, 17, died after he shot himself, Miller said.
Miller said Mackey was listed in a national police data base as a gang member. Miller would not identify the gang.
Jacobs’ weapon was still holstered and he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
The incident began at about 12:20 when officers patrolling on Rebecca Street in the Nicholtown Community saw Mackey and wanted to talk with him about a weapon, Miller said. He said they were not trying to serve a warrant as he previously stated. Officers approached Mackey to conduct a field interview and Mackey took off running, he said. As Jacobs rounded the corner of a house, he was met with a hail of gunfire, Miller said.
The suspect continued to run toward the Swamp Rabbit Trail, crossing onto Baxter Street, where there was a trail spur and two officers waiting. Cornered, Miller said the officers saw the suspect call his mother before taking his own life.
“We lose, we hurt, we ache,” Miller said. “No one wants to lose their officers.”
Other officers gave Jacbos CPR, and he was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he died, Miller said.
The last Greenville police officer killed in action was Officer Russ Sorrow, who was shot by a wanted suspect on Sept. 19, 1996.
Flags were flying at half staff in front of City Hall Friday afternoon as officers mourned the loss. In Nicholtown, neighbors called neighbors in disbelief.