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Officer Brent K. Jacobson | United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

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Brent K. Jacobson

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Thursday, January 12, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Idaho

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: One sentenced to death

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Officer Brent Jacobson was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend two robbery suspects during a severe snow storm in Bonner County, Idaho. Officer Jacobson was experienced in tracking and cold-weather conditions. He and several local deputies set out for the suspects.

Officer Jacobson, who took the lead, spotted the suspects in an ambush position and radioed to the other officers to take cover. He identified himself and was immediately engaged in a gunfight. One of the deputies was able to return fire and wound the suspects during the gunfight. Officer Jacobson was struck by gunfire and succumbed to his injuries.

Both suspects later surrendered. One was sentenced to death and the other was sentenced to life.

Officer Jacobson had served with the United States Forest Service for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and two stepchildren.

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Officer Jacobson, few of us will leave the legacy of love and respect that comes through in these reflections by those who knew you. Your name and your life continue to be honored. Thank you for being an example of dedication, concern for others and pride in your profession.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)
February 25, 2017

 

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