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Police Officer David Arthur Jack | California State Police, California California State Police, California

Police Officer

David Arthur Jack

California State Police, California

End of Watch: Monday, October 21, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer David Jack was shot and killed while patrolling the Los Angeles Dispatch Center. His body was discovered in an officer doorway with a gunshot wound to his head. His revolver was still holstered, indicating he had been ambushed. The suspect was later apprehended and convicted in his murder.

Officer Jack had served with the agency for only seven months.

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The suspect, Raymond Louis George who shot him was a straight cop killer. Officer Jack was ambushed and had no chance.
42 years later we're still fighting the same battles.
George was originally convicted of second-degree murder for the Oct. 21, 1974, killing of David Jack, 21, a state police officer who was guarding a state building in downtown Los Angeles. Paroled after eight years and four months, he was rearrested three years later and imprisoned for carrying a concealed knife.

The killing climaxed a series of four assaults in 1974 in Los Angeles County. In the first, George attacked a 21-year-old college student with a machete, leaving her permanently disabled and disfigured, according to police records.

Five days later, when he was stopped by two police officers, he disarmed one of them and shot him four times with his own gun. The officer survived after extensive surgery.

Later that year, George was stopped by two sheriff's deputies on suspicion of stealing car parts, fought with them and tried to take their guns. He was arrested and released on bail. Fifteen days later, he killed Officer Jack.

Rest easy brother.

Miguel A. Ortega
LASD
December 8, 2016

 

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