Officer Brent K. Jacobson

Officer Brent K. Jacobson

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

End of Watch Thursday, January 12, 1989

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Brent K. Jacobson

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 and located them at a house near Dover, Idaho. Officer Jacobson observed the suspects in an ambush position and radioed to the other officers to take cover. He identified himself and was immediately fired upon.

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 was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the United States Forest Service for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and two stepchildren.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Idaho
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender One sentenced to death


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I worked with Jake on the Cd'A Forest, Fernan and Magee Districts. We were on the fire crew together in the Fall after I would finish on the lookout we would do tree thinning and burn logged units for replanting. Jake was a hard worker and always an entertainer even in the snow! One of the best people I ever had the pleasure to work with.

Bob Anderson
Nez Perce Natl. Forest (Ret.)

March 7, 2023

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