Jacob Chestnut


Jacob Chestnut

Infobox police officer
name = Jacob J. Chestnut


caption = Officer Jacob Chestnut, USCP
born = Birth date|1940|04|28
died = death date and age|1998|07|24|1940|04|28
badgenumber =
placeofbirth =
placeofdeath = Washington, D.C.
nickname =
department = United States Capitol Police
service = United States
serviceyears = 18
rank = Sworn in as an Police Officer - 1980
awards = Police Purple Heart

Jacob Joseph Chestnut (April 28, 1940 – July 24, 1998), one of the two United States Capitol Police officers killed in the line of duty on July 24, 1998, was the first African American to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol. Chestnut is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His funeral included a speech by President Bill Clinton and a fly-over by military jets in a missing man formation.

Officer Jacob Chestnut was on guard at the Document Door entrance to the U.S. Capitol when deranged Russell Eugene Weston Jr. entered. Chestnut, manning a metal detector, was caught unaware by Weston, who shot Chestnut through the back of the head at point-blank range, killing him instantly.

Officer Chestnut and fellow police officer Detective John Gibson were the only two people killed in the attack. A female tourist suffered minor injuries after bullets grazed her shoulder and face.

In 2000, the building housing the U.S. Air Force's 20th Security Forces Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina was dedicated to Officer Chestnut, a former member of the Air Force Security Forces.

ee also

*United States Capitol shooting incident (1998)
*John Gibson
*Lying in repose
*State funeral


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