City of Superior Constable
At 1:20 in the afternoon of April 17, 1941, City of Superior Constable A. G. Jacobson was shot three times as he was serving an eviction notice to Walter Karo of 701 22nd Ave. East. The wounds proved fatal, as Constable Jacobson died the next day.
This sad story started two months earlier, as the first eviction notice had been served to the Karo family, a family of nine. As a temporary halt to the eviction, Karo reported an outbreak of chicken pox in his house, which then had to be quarantined. During this period of quarantine, Karo was able to get out and procure a .32 pistol that he had used as a threat toward his family. Karo even had one of his daughters unload and load the gun in front of his family to show them it was loaded. Reports of this gun and his actions got to the Superior Police Department, and they attempted to find it, but were unsuccessful.
On the day before the shooting, Constable Jacobson had gone to the Karo home with a priest in order to help them find resolution to their housing problem. During this visit, Karo “…brandished a revolver … and declared that he ‘didn’t like people who stuck their noses into his business’.” This brought an abrupt end to this assistance. With great dedication to his public service, the unarmed constable returned the next day to fulfill his obligation and served the fateful eviction notice to Karo.
Police officers go to work and unselfishly perform their duties knowing fully that this could be their last day. It is with this spirit and dedication to service that Constable Jacobson will be enshrined as a reminder of all those lost in the line of duty.