GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A year ago today, Officer Allen Jacobs was shot and killed in the line of duty. March 18th marks the anniversary of his death, a day that changed the Greenville Police Department.
His close friends at the department say not a day goes by that they don’t think about Officer Jacobs. He was a beloved father, friend, and a role model for other officers on the force.
“He was the epitome of just a good cop, great guy. If it can happen to Allen, it can happen to anybody,” says Sgt. Ed Irick.
“I just couldn’t believe it. He was one that just you never thought that could happen to,” says Sgt. Mike Yearout, one of Jacobs’ closest friends at the police department.
Officer Jacobs was shot after he and another officer went to talk to Deonta Mackey, a self-identified gang member. When Mackey fled, officers chased him and Mackey fired, killing Officer Jacobs.
Officer Jacobs’ death sent shock waves through the Greenville community, and many are still trying to move on. Even though the wounds are starting to heal, for fellow officers, it’s the little things every day that reminds them that Officer Jacobs may be gone, but he is never forgotten.
“Something will come up that I would normally call him or text him about, and I still a year later, will think about sending that text,” says Sgt. Yearout.
“My unit specifically, those that can make it go to Starbucks on Augusta Street just about every single morning,” says Sgt. Irick.
There are several memorial events honoring Officer Jacobs this week, including church services and a prayer breakfast at Bob Jones University. Next Friday, March 24, the Greenville Police Department is hosting a blood drive in his memory.