Latter-day Saint Life

Deadly Shootout Leaves Ward, Family Mourning Loss of LDS Father


MR says: A ward in Salt Lake City is focusing on healing after a member and father of four, Russell Jacobs, was shot by a man in their neighborhood--Jesse Lyle Bruner, someone many members remember as having grown up in their ward. Members of the stake presidency visited the ward this past Sunday to help bring unity and added comfort to its members.

The first time Russell Jacobs knew Jesse Lyle Bruner was carrying a sawed-off shotgun was when the man turned to face him and pulled the trigger.

On Friday, more than 24 hours after a shootout between two members of an East Millcreek neighborhood, Unified police released more information about the deadly confrontation.

Bruner, 34, and "Rusty" Jacobs, 47, both died after shooting each other at very close range about 2 a.m. Thursday near 3700 South and 3100 East.

The lethal events began when Bruner tried to kick in Jacobs' front door. Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell said investigators believe Jacobs' house was chosen for an unknown reason, completely at random.

"It could have been any house on that street," he said.

Jacobs, a father of four, was in the house asleep, with his wife Jana and his 18-year-old son Josh. The three were the only ones home at the time, police said.

Lead image from Deseret News.
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