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Officer Jacob Joseph Chestnut | United States Capitol Police, U.S. Government United States Capitol Police, U.S. Government

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Jacob Joseph Chestnut

United States Capitol Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, July 24, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: District of Columbia

Incident Date: 7/24/1998

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Suspect: Found incompetent

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Officer Jacob Chestnut was shot and killed when a suspect entered a main entrance to the United States Capitol and opened fire after walking through a metal detector. Officer Chestnut was stationed at the entrance of the building and was in the process of writing directions for two tourists when he was shot in the back of the head at point blank range. The suspect then entered the office of Congressman Tom DeLay.

Detective John Gibson, who was assigned to protect Congressman DeLay, was immediately engaged in a gunfight with the suspect at which point he was shot. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Gibson was able to return fire and wounded the suspect.

The suspect was known to the United States Secret Service prior to the incident as a person who had threatened the President of the United States. The suspect, who was shot and wounded by Agent Gibson, was found mentally unfit to stand trial.

Officer Chestnut served two tours of duty as an Military Policeman in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife and five children and is buried in section 4, lot 2764-A of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

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