By Monica Land
JACKSON – Police Chief Lindsey Horton has confirmed the death of a Jackson Police Officer, his first since being named to his new post earlier this month. Horton said 35-year Bruce Jacob was killed Saturday afternoon after being hit by a motorist in the southbound lanes of I-55 and Northside Drive.
Jacob, a Precinct Four officer, and a five year veteran of the police force, received a call about debris on the roadway of I-55 south about 1:30 p.m. He had reportedly retrieved a barbecue grill that had fallen off a truck and was putting it in the trunk of his cruiser when another vehicle came from behind and hit him.
Jacob was taken to UMC where he died of multiple blunt-force trauma, Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said.
The driver of the car that struck Jacob was not named, but was said to be receiving medical treatment at UMC. A damaged white Lexus was reportedly at the scene of the accident.
No charges have been filed as of yet.
Jacob is the department’s first death since Detective Eric Smith was gunned down by a murder suspect during an interrogation in April.
Jackson’s mayor Chokwe Lumumba released a statement late Saturday night extending his condolences to the family of Officer Jacob.
“Our police officers put their lives on the line every minute of everyday day,“ he said. “[Today] we suffered another tragic and senseless loss of one of Jackson’s chosen. I acknowledge and appreciate the commitment and service of Officer Bruce Jacob. May God bless his loving wife and family and may God bless our officers.”
Arrangements for Officer Jacob have not been released.