P.O. Edward L. Jackson



 Jackson, Edward L.



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District / Unit:

Vice Control Division

Date of Injury:

14 October 1977

End of Watch:

10 March 2003

Incident Details:

On October 14, 1977, Chicago Police Officers Alfred Williams, Rudolph Winston, Karl Manuel and Eddie Jackson of the Vice Control Division were assigned to a prostitution mission in the 800 block of north Clark Street. At approximately 1:00 AM, the officers arrested two females and placed in an unmarked patrol car being driven by Officer Jackson. As the patrol car turned onto LaSalle Street, the group encountered Lee Jones, who had just robbed a dice game located at a nearby pool hall. Jones was driving a 1977 gray Lincoln Continental which sped past the officers' car, nearly striking it. Jones abruptly stopped his vehicle and allowed Officer Jackson to pull alongside. Following a brief verbal exchange, the offender raised a handgun and fired, striking Officer Jackson in the head. Jones then fled in the Lincoln and Officer Jackson was transported to Henrotin Hospital.

A flash message was sent out on the offender's vehicle which was spotted at 1000 W. Bryn Mawr and curbed by 023rd District officers. A search of the vehicle revealed the gun used to shoot Officer Jackson.

Lee Jones was found guilty of attempt murder and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to 100 years in the Illinois Penitentiary where he remains today.

As a result of the shooting, Officer Jackson was left paralyzed and blind in one eye. He eventually died from his injuries 25 years later on March 10, 2003.

He is survived by his wife and daughter.