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Born April 28, 1940
Died July 24, 1998 (aged 58)
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Relatives Gwenling (wife)
Awards Law Enforcement Purple Heart
Department United States Capitol Police
Allegiance Washington, D.C.
Country United States United States of America
Years of service 1980 – 1998
Memorials Jacob Joseph Chestnut
Post Office Building
11550 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, Maryland (1998)
Jacob Joseph Chestnut (April 28, 1940 – July 24, 1998), one of the 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.
Officer Jacob 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 of Weston, who shot Chestnut through the back of the head at point-blank range, killing him instantly.
Officer 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.
In 1998, the House of Representatives passed a motion to designate a post office at 11550 Livingston Road in Oxon Hill, Maryland as the "Jacob Joseph Chestnut Post Office Building".
In 2000, the building housing the United States Air Force's 20th Security Forces Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina was dedicated to Chestnut, a former member of the Air Force Security Forces