Photo: Greenville PD

Photo: Greenville PD

A Greenville (SC) Police Department officer who was part of the Police Department's Community Response Team was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday.

Chief Ken Miller said 28-year-old Officer Allen Jacobs was on patrol and approached known gang member, 17-year-old Deontea Perry Mackey in Nicholtown. Mackey tried to flee from police before opening fire at Jacobs. The officer was shot multiple times and, despite resuscitation attempts at the scene, succumbed to his injuries, reports Fox Carolina.

Jacobs' service weapon was snapped in its holster when he was fatally wounded, Miller said.

The police chief described him as a "very active, assertive and engaged officer" who could relate well with youth in Greenville. He received multiple awards from the department.

Jacobs was a married father of two and was expecting a baby in July, the chief said. He was also a decorated Army veteran who served in the Iraq War.

"It's a sad day for Greenville," Miller said. "It's a sad day even more for his family and for our family in the Greenville Police Department."