While off-duty, DVI Correctional Officer Kevin Jacobs tried to save the life of a gunshot victim.

By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/PIO
Deuel Vocational Institution

Dinner out with family turned into a life-or-death situation as a Deuel Vocational Institution correctional officer found himself trying to save a gunshot victim’s life.

Officer Kevin Jacobs was eating dinner in a fast-food restaurant with his nephew in Manteca in May when he heard at least three gunshots. Looking over his shoulder, he spotted a silver Dodge Challenger in the restaurant’s parking lot with the driver side door open and the window shattered.

He told his nephew to call 911 as he ran to the vehicle, where he found a man slouched over, covered in blood. The victim had a faint pulse and the officer asked him his name. The victim tried to speak, but was unable.

Officer Jacobs looked the man in the eyes and said, “I am here to help you, sir. It is going to be OK. Just stay with me.”

Restaurant employees began to come into the parking lot to offer assistance. The officer asked for scissors and towels. He used the scissors to cut open the victim’s shirt, discovering a bullet wound. He applied pressure to help stop the bleeding.

Realizing the situation was dire, Officer Jacobs pulled the man from the car and laid him on the ground so he could begin CPR. He continued CPR until Manteca police officers arrived and took over. The victim, Stephen Cain of Modesto, did not survive.

According to published news reports, the victim had been shot multiple times.

Officer Jacobs and two others then went with one of the officers to identify the suspected shooter, who had been detained by Ripon police officers after the suspect allegedly carjacked a woman’s vehicle.

The suspect was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail facing multiple charges including suspicion of murder, carjacking and being a felon in possession of a firearm.