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CHIEF
CHARLES CHESTER JACKSON

Chief Charles Chester Jackson

Chief Jackson was shot on Thursday, December 12, 1918, after he and several other officers resonded to a house after receiving a tip that a wanted man was there. the officers were met at the door by the suspect's wife. After gaining entry they began searching the home and located the suspect in a bedroom. As they called out his name the suspect began firing, striking Chief Jackson in the chest. Chief Jackson as able to return fire, wounding the suspect. The suspect stayed in the residence for 30 minutes before running out the back door. Officers opened fired on him and fatally wounded him. Chief Jackson was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries four days later on Monday, December 16, 1918.

Chief Jackson served the Des Moines Police Department for 16 years.

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Created: 01-15-2009
Last Updated: 02-05-2010 (JLR)