Dallas Police Officer Killed in Shooting

11-14-05 - A man accused of fatally shooting a police officer had threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and said if police became involved, he would "take them down," the woman's neighbor said.

Juan Lizcano, 28, was charged with capital murder and aggravated assault and held on $1 million bail.

He was accused of fatally shooting Officer Brian Jackson, a Rhode Island native, during a foot chase through alleys and between houses. Jackson, a five-year veteran, was hit once under his right arm, near his protective vest, according to police.

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

Jackson, 28, was a graduate of Portsmouth (R.I.) High School and of the University of Rhode Island. His parents live in Middletown, R.I. The family said in a statement he will be remembered for his good humor, his sense of duty, and his love for his family.

"He was killed in the line of duty, doing the job he loved, helping secure the safety of the citizens of Dallas," the statement said.

Lizcano had been threatening his ex-girlfriend, neighbor David Huerta said, and Huerta threatened to call police if he continued. Huerta said Lizcano replied: "Go ahead and call the damn cops. I'll take them down too."

The ex-girlfriend, Marta Cruz, called police early Sunday, saying Lizcano had come to her house, brandished a gun and shot into the air. Before fleeing, he told her "next time, it will be you," she said.

Jackson responded to her home. 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 and chased him. After Johnson was struck, Lizcano surrendered.

Jackson was pronounced dead at Baylor University Medical Center. He married his wife, JoAnn DeMello Jackson, on the University of Rhode Island campus in August, and the couple had just returned from a delayed honeymoon trip to Hawaii, according to his family.

Jackson and Ryan Duffy, a Newport, R.I., police patrolman, earned their emergency medical technician certificates while students at URI and volunteered on the university's ambulance, The Providence Journal reported.

"He died doing exactly what he wanted to do," said Duffy, a close friend. "That's probably the best comfort we have."

Charlestown Police Sgt. Patrick J. McMahon worked with Jackson and his wife. He said he spoke with JoAnn DeMello Jackson on Sunday.

"She's just lost," McMahon said.