|District / Unit:||Webster Avenue Station|
|End of Watch:||01-Jan-1873|
Police Officer Christian Jacobs, 37, was a 5-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Webster Avenue Station.
During the early morning hours of January 1, 1873, Officer Jacobs noticed the open door of a saloon located at the “Six Points.” The officer called for help by rapping on a lamp-post for assistance from the police station a half block away. As he walked toward the tavern door, he saw two burglars exit. Officer Jacobs attempted to apprehend the burglars without waiting for back-up to arrive. One of them immediately drew a weapon and shot Officer Jacobs twice. Officer Jacobs staggered to a nearby police station and was rushed to his home where a team of doctors examined him. Officer Jacobs succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Jacobs was survived by his wife, four children, and a brother (CPD).