Dallas Officer Fatally Shot During Foot Chase

Officer Brian Jackson

DALLAS -- Officer Brian Jackson didn't have to answer the call that came in minutes before his shift was to end.

But fellow officers say the 28-year-old Jackson was dedicated to his job, so he drove to the East Dallas address early Sunday.

About an hour later, Jackson was dead from a gunshot police say was fired by the man involved in the domestic disturbance call.

"He was proud to be a cop. He did his job with a lot of emotions and passion," Police Chief David Kunkle said of Jackson.

A five-year veteran of the Dallas police force, Jackson provided tips to the gang unit that he'd gotten while patrolling the streets. He got to know the homeless people on his beat.

When he met a man who evacuated from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina, Jackson helped him get his car fixed and gave him $60, officers say.

"He did his job quietly. He wasn't looking for accolades," said Cpl. Eric Knight, his partner.

On the day he died, Jackson was canvassing bars to help homicide detectives find leads in a fatal double shooting the previous week.

That's when Marta Cruz called police to say her ex-boyfriend had gone to her home before 2 a.m., brandished a gun and shot into the air. Before fleeing, he told her "next time, it will be you," she said.

About 45 minutes later, a second call came in reporting the man had returned. Police saw a man with a gun run into the backyard.

The suspect fired at the three officers who were chasing him through alleys and between houses. Jackson was hit once under his right arm, near his protective vest, but was able to fire two or three rounds, police said.

Jackson was pronounced dead at Baylor University Medical Center at 3:52 a.m. Sunday. The Rhode Island native had been married to his wife, Joanne DeMello Jackson, for just two months.

"It was gut-wrenching," said Kunkle, who fought back tears as he spoke of the shooting.

The suspect, identified as Juan Lizcano, 28, surrendered to officers and was not injured in the shootout. Officers found an empty .357 Magnum at the scene, police said.


Juan Lizcano

Lizcano was charged with capital murder and aggravated assault. His bail was set at $1 million on the murder charge.

Cruz, his ex-girlfriend, said he'd been threatening to kill her for weeks, after she broke off their relationship.

Her neighbor, David Huerta, had warned Lizcano that he would call the police if he continued threatening Cruz. Huerta said Lizcano replied: "Go ahead and call the damn cops. I'll take them down too."

Jackson was the 76th Dallas police officer killed in the line of duty since 1892.