Jacob Joseph Chestnut (April 28, 1940 – July 24, 1998), one of two United States Capitol Police officers killed in the line of duty on July 24, 1998, was the first African American to lie in honor in the United States Capitol. Chestnut is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His funeral included a speech by President Bill Clinton and a fly-over by military jets in a missing man formation.
|Born||April 28, 1940|
July 24, 1998 (aged 58)|
Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.|
|Awards||Law Enforcement Purple Heart|
United States Capitol Police|
United States Air Force
|Country||United States of America|
|Allegiance||District of Columbia|
|Years of service||1980–1998|
Jacob Joseph Chestnut|
Post Office Building
11550 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, Maryland (1998)
Chestnut was on guard at the Document Door entrance to the U.S. Capitol when gunman Russell Eugene Weston Jr. entered. Chestnut, manning a metal detector, was caught unaware when Weston shot Chestnut through the back of the head at point-blank range, killing him instantly.
Chestnut and fellow police officer Detective John Gibson were the only two people killed in the attack. A female tourist suffered minor injuries after bullets grazed her shoulder and face.
|Murder of Jacob Chestnut|
|Part of U.S. Capitol shooting incident (1998)|
United States Capitol|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
July 24, 1998 |
3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
|Weapons||.38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver|
|Deaths||Two: Jacob Chestnut, John Gibson|
|Three: Angela Dickerson (tourist), Douglas McMillian (USCP officer), Russell Eugene Weston Jr.|
|Perpetrator||Russell Eugene Weston, Jr.|
| Persons who have lain in state or honor
in the United States Capitol rotunda
(with John Gibson)
July 28, 1998