At approximately 10:45
p.m. on August 26, 1897, Officer Jacobson
was walking his foot-beat patrol near
19th and Forest when he was shot by one
of two men. It was speculated at the time
that he came upon two suspects attempting to
burglarize the W.M. McCarty carpentry shop located on the southwest corner of 19th and Forest. As he was placing
the suspects under arrest, one of them
pulled a .45 caliber revolver and shot
Officer Jacobson twice, one round passing through his heart. Officer Jacobson fell to the sidewalk on the south side of 19th Street approximately 30 feet west of the Carpentry shop. Evidence found at the
scene supported the theory that two local
thieves were responsible for the murder. A $250 reward was offered by the Board of Police Commissioners for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. On September 1, 1897, Detective Thomas Hayde and Johnson County Sheriff Glover apprehended Harry Deyo five miles south of Olathe, Kansas at Deyo's brother, David Deyo's, residence. Deyo and another man, Dick Reynolds were suspected of Officer Jacobson's murder. Missing goods taken in a robbery from the Emrich Brothers Drygoods store at 1003 W. 17th Street, and a .38 caliber revolver were found in Deyo's possession. Deyo received a 3-year sentence for burglary and was confined in a reform school as he was underage at the time of the offense. On November 27th he escaped from the reform school at Boonville, Missouri.
Officer John Jacobson, 27, was born in northern Sweden and moved to the United States when he was 3 years old. He moved to Kansas City from Gothenburg, Nebraska 10 years prior to his death. He served with the Kansas City Police Department since May 15, 1897. He was survived by his half brother, Oscar Tederman. Officer Jacobson worked for Police Commissioner Scarritt for three years as a coachman, for three years as a conductor on the Troost Avenue cable car and was appointed to the police department on May 15th.
Interred: Elmwood Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant