In Greenville, South Carolina, Officer Allen Lee Jacobs was attempting to talk with 17-year-old Deontea Perry Marckey, a known gang member. While Jacobs was walking towards the home, Marckey rounded a corner and shot the officer before he could draw his gun. Marckey then went on the run, finaly calling his mother just before he killed himself to avoid capture.
It turns out that Officer Jacobs was also an Iraq veteran from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to Go Heroes;
[Jacob’s friend Lee] Vining and Jacobs met at Fort Bragg while serving in the U.S. Army. Jacobs, who joined the military at 17, was a decorated veteran who fought in the Iraq War.
When Vining and his family transitioned from the military, he said they struggled with finding a place to live. That’s when Jacobs took them in.
“We have four kids and dogs,” Vining said. “He’s one of the few people who offered to take on a large family.”
Jacobs also support the family when Vining was diagnosed with cancer in the military. The two played spades almost every week and Vining said he doesn’t know what he’s going to do without him.
“He’s a father and a husband and a best friend and a spades player,” Vining said. “I mean, he’s my partner in spades, we play almost every week… What do you do now?”
Thanks to UpNorth for the links.