Zach Jacobsen

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Service Record

Vallejo California Police Department

Rank Corporal[1]
Badge Number 639[2]
Salary $214,179 (2021)[1]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2017 Death of Angel Ramos

On January 23, 2017, officers Jacobsen and Matthew Samida were called to a disturbance at a home. The officers saw an argument on a second-story balcony. The people involved ignored the officers' commands to stop fighting. Samida tased one man, who fell out of sight on the floor of the balcony. Officers saw Ramos begin attacking the fallen man, and Jacobsen claimed that Ramos was stabbing the man with a knife. Jacobsen shot Ramos, who died at the scene.[2]

The other man claimed that Ramos was not armed and no knife was found near Ramos.[3][2]

Jacobsen had not activated his body-worn camera.[3]

Response Timeline

On December 20, 2017, a police investigation cleared Jacobsen, determining that he had used reasonable force.[2]

On February 9, 2018, the District Attorney determined that Jacobsen's actions were "objectively reasonable and necessary to defend others from imminent death or great bodily injury".[2]

Ramos' family filed a lawsuit against the city and Jacobsen, alleging wrongful death and federal civil rights violations.[3]

On November 11, 2022, the family's lawsuit was settled for nearly $3 million.[3]

2017 Death of Jeffrey Barboa

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Police release body cam footage in fatal I-80 officer involved shooting

On August 3, 2017, officers chased Barboa, who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery. Barboa crashed, exited his vehicle with a knife, and slowly advanced on officers while ignoring their commands. Officers Stephanie McDonough, Jake Estrada, David McLaughlin, Zach Jacobsen, and Matt Komoda fired, killing Barboa.

Response Timeline

In March 2018, a jury empaneled for the coroner's inquest hearing ruled that the death was a suicide.

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