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Questions surround the death of JPD Officer Jacob

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Officer Bruce Jacob, 35, was killed on the side of I-55 Saturday while clearing debris from the interstate.

Bruce Jacob's police cruiser sat battered and beaten in the southbound lanes of I-55 Saturday afternoon. Jackson police say the precinct four officer was called to remove a grill from the interstate, just after 1:30.

"He retrieved the grill," said Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton.

"He went to the rear of his vehicle to try and situate it in his trunk, that he might move it away. Another motorist moving southbound on 55, as he was, struck him or his vehicle from behind," Horton explained.

A damaged white Lexus sat inside the crime scene tape police put up around the crash. JPD has not released how this vehicle may have been involved in the crash.

Mississippi has a "move over" law. Meaning, drivers on multiple lane highways are required to move over at least one lane away from emergency or law enforcement vehicles with flashing lights on the side of the road. There is also the option of slowing down, but that is only if a driver is unable to change lanes.

Police have not released what led to Saturday's collision. It remains under investigation.

"I don't know whether he had an opportunity to do that. That's a rather congested area there. I would hope he was not distracted, but the officer was doing, as I indicated earlier, his job. And I guess you would consider it a routine call. All of us have done it many times," Horton added.

This is the second Jackson police officer killed in the line of duty in just three months.

Detective Eric Smith was shot by a suspect in police headquarters on April 4.

"It's tough for the men and women in blue, who have a close bond; living through life and death situations almost every day. It's always tough to lose anyone, not just the death of an officer, but even an injury," Horton said.

"We knew and we know this job is very dangerous. We knew when we signed on for it, but you sort of defer it," Horton added. 

Jacob was a five year JPD veteran and Precinct four officer.

No arrangements have been announced.

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