Police Officer Julie Rochelle Jacks

Police Officer Julie Rochelle Jacks

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, May 6, 2002

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Julie Rochelle Jacks

Police Officer Julie Jacks was shot and killed with her own service weapon while attempting to apprehend a suspect who had fled from a hospital during a mental evaluation.

The suspect had been taken to the hospital by another officer but fled before receiving any treatment. Officer Jacks, who was in the area, assisted the original officer in locating the suspect. When she located him at Vine and Kilmer streets, a struggle ensued, and the suspect gained control of her service weapon and shot her.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison on August 15, 2005. He will become eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of his sentence.

Officer Jacks had served with the Chattanooga Police Department for just over three years and was Rookie of the Year in 2001. She is survived by her fiance, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 940

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

escape, officer assistance

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You crossed my mind today so I returned here for "a visit", and was somewhat shocked at being reminded it has been 20 years! I know for your family and friends who have counted the days since, it has been every bit of 20 years, however it was still somewhat of a shock for me to come here and see that date again. But then I remembered all of the law enforcement training classes I have instructed where I told of you and your story and I had to concede it must have been 20 years. I know only of you through these "reflections", and having the opportunity some years ago at a conference to hear from some of your instructors of how good an officer you were. I've also done some additional research of your incident. Combined, I hope I was able to accurately convey to my recruits both the content of your character and the circumstances of May 6, 2002.

Thinking of you this evening inspired my curiosity to do a "youtube" search, for which I found several postings regarding you, the most insightful being entitled: "Officer Julie Jacks #940". If anyone reading this "reflection" has not seen it, I urge them to do so. It illustrates so many things that people fortunate enough to have known you, have written here about you.

I hope you know the ripple effect your life created. The "reflections" people continue to post here after 20 years is one example. Just from my training classes alone, the recruits who know of you and have had their careers enhanced by you is another, which can probably be multiplied by various academies multiplied by various states. I hope your family and friends also know how influential you have been and continue to be for all of us that never got to meet you.

Again, thank you for your service and to your family and friends, thanks for sharing Julie with our profession. We are the better for her.

NC Officer

August 1, 2022

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