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Police Officer Jay Warren Jackson | West Covina Police Department, California West Covina Police Department, California

Police Officer

Jay Warren Jackson

West Covina Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, January 14, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 154

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Jay Jackson was shot and killed by an escaped mental patient.

Another patrol officer attempted to conduct a vehicle stop at Orange Avenue and Garvey Avenue South. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. Officer Jackson joined the pursuit as it traveled on the eastbound I-10 freeway. The subject exited at Holt Avenue and spun out just north of Garvey Avenue South.

When the subject suddenly stopped, Officer Jackson stopped directly behind him. As Officer Jackson exited his patrol car the man opened fire from within his vehicle, fatally wounding him. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject. It was later learned that the man had fled from a psychiatric care facility and had made suicidal threats, and threats to his own family and friends.

Officer Jackson was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the West Covina Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and one child.

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39 years ago we lost a good man. The members West Covina Police Officers Association have not forgotten you. Rest in peace, brother.

President Eric Melnyk
West Covina Police Officers Association
January 15, 2017


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