New Information Released in Deadly Millcreek Double Shooting
(KUTV) Unified Police released new information in the east Millcreek shootings that took the lives of husband, father, and churchman Rusty Jacobs and rapper, tattoo artist and reputed drug abuser Jesse Bruner.
In an interview on Friday, 2News asked Lt. Lex Bell if the Jacobs family had called police.
"They did, they called the police after the first bang on the door," he replied.
With police notified, Rusty Jacobs grabbed a 45 revolver, and with his wife and teenage son, went outside to investigate what they thought might be a prank.
Bell said the family spotted no one, but did see footprints on the front door.
Rusty went back inside the house, switched his 45 for a 357 and once more stepped outdoors, and that's when Bruner appeared.
"He was walking with kind of stiff leg, as though he were injured, feigning an injury on one of his legs," said Bell. "And he said, 'I'm hurt. Can I come in your house? I'm hurt.'"
But police said Bruner---otherwise known as "Jesse James"---had a sawed off shotgun, apparently hidden from view, and butcher knives shoved in his pants.
Rusty would not let him in, and eventually Bruner turned and "began walking away."
Concerned about his neighbors, Jacobs followed along with his teenage son, who was a number of steps behind his father.
Soon, Jacobs and Bruner had words, which the son recounted for investigators.
Bell said Jacobs told Bruner, 'Hey, I think i know who you are.'
Bruner turned and said, 'So what if I am?' and then fired the first shot. Jacobs was hit, but returned fire. Both men died.
Bell said Bruner, who had a criminal past including theft, forgery, and at least one weapons charge, should not have had a gun.
Jacobs, said the lieutenant, may have been in the right under the law, to walk with his loaded weapon after the suspect; and Bell said Jacobs fired in self defense. Jacobs once had a concealed weapons permit, but it apparently expired years ago, but Bell said he was within Utah's "open carry" law.
Though Jacobs may have seen himself as a neighborhood protector, leaving the house to pursue a would-be intruder is not something police recommend.
"Once you leave your home and go outside, you've given up your position of advantage," Bell said. "You're on a level playing field now."
Intruders probably don't know the inside of your home; and when police arrive to a scenario of people with guns, they don't initially know who may be in the right.
Police say the initial 911 call happened at 2:05 a.m. Officers arrived on scene at 2:10 a.m.