P.O. Christian Jacobs

Name: Jacobs, Christian
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Webster Avenue Station
End of Watch: 01-Jan-1873
Incident Details:

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).