Detective Doug Jacobs, III

Detective Doug Jacobs, III

Riverside Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, January 13, 2001

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Doug Jacobs, III

Detective Doug Jacobs was shot and killed when he was ambushed after he and another officer responded to a noise complaint on a Saturday afternoon.

Detective Jacobs and the other officer were interviewing two of the individuals, a mother and son, on an outside staircase when a second son exited the residence and opened fire on them with a 9 mm handgun. One of the two rounds struck Detective Jacobs in the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect re-entered the residence and attempted to load a rifle, which jammed, and then surrendered moments later. The suspect was convicted of several charges, including the murder of Detective Jacobs, and the jury recommended a sentence of death.

Detective Jacobs had been employed with the Riverside Police Department for five years, and is survived by his wife, six-month-old daughter, and ten-year-old stepson.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 147

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Today, January 13th, is the18th anniversary of the cruel, cowardly and senseless murder of a fine young police officer, Doug Jacobs, III. Doug was a loving and devoted husband and father and cherished son. His family has been devastated by his loss. To this day California’s heartless and dysfunctional criminal justice system has prolonged the suffering of Doug’s family and friends with endless litigation and unwarranted concern for the worthless piece of human filth responsible for taking Doug’s life. The name of the person who took his life is unimportant. What is important is the way that Det. Jacobs lived. He was a loving husband and father. He was a hardworking and dedicated Police Officer, a credit to his family and his community. Please keep Det. Jacobs, his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

Paul Philipps Chief (Ret)

January 13, 2019

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