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


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

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: 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. He remains in the psychiatric center of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina.

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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Brother Chestnut some how I remember we met many years ago at the Police Memorial Day Service back around 1991 or 1992. I am friends with Virgil Van Fleet. I alsways remember that US Capitol Police is one of the most professional and friendliest of all departments especially to exchange patches and allow access to the Capitol prior to 9/11/01. Reat in peace I am sorry that I didn't get my chance to work with you. I remember Virgil Van Fleet wanted me to join the US Capitol Police. Rest in peace you have done good work.

Retired Police Officer I. Howard Friedma
NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation Police
November 24, 2014


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