JACOBS, Jennifer Shirley

Jennifer Shirley Jacobs

Birth: September 26, 1976
Death: Jan. 11, 2007


Trooper Jennifer Shirley Jacobs, a resident of Harrison Road in Dothan, died Thursday night, Jan. 11, 2007, in Ozark. She was 30.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in New Freedom Church in Webb with State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Helms and the Rev. Larry Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Webb Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the New Freedom Church sanctuary. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 3815 Harrison Road, Dothan.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Trooper Jacobs was a native of Columbia but had moved with her family to Dothan as a child. She lived in Webb and Dothan most of her lifetime. Trooper Jacobs was a graduate of the Alabama Police Academy and the Alabama Department of Public Safety State Trooper Academy, both in Selma. She was currently employed by the Alabama Department of Public Safety as a trooper in the Dothan Post. Trooper Jacobs had formerly been employed by the Ozark Police Department as a police officer.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Sierra Sasser and Savanna Sasser, both of Dothan; a son, Preston Eric Jacobs, Ozark; her mother and stepfather, Sandra and Ronnie Peacock, Webb; her father, Willie Comer Shirley Jr., Dothan; a sister, Jessica Amanda Richardson, and husband, Ryan Richardson, Fort Drum, N.Y.; two brothers, Daniel Duane Worthy and wife, Stacey Worthy, Webb, Lucas Joel Shirley and wife, Angel Shirley, Dothan; two stepsisters, Shannon Helms and husband, Ray Helms, Webb, Sharmon Miller and husband, Doug Miller, Panama City, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Alice Faye Bailey, Webb; several nieces, nephews, a great-niece, cousins, aunts and uncles including Aunt Lillian Casanova and husband, Joe Casanova, and Aunt Pat Norton; a special friend, Butch Whittington; and also a very, very special friend.

Serving as active and honorary pallbearers will be state troopers.

Holman-Headland Mortuary, (334) 693-3371, is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guest book at www.dothaneagle.com.

This obituary was originally published in the Dothan Eagle.

Burial: Webb Cemetery, Webb, Houston County, Alabama, USA

Criminal Details


Alabama State Trooper Jennifer Shirley Jacobs, 30, carried a badge and a gun. Neither protected her from being shot and killed by her ex-husband, Ferrell Scott Jacobs, 36.

The shooting occurred on January 11, 2007 when Ms. Jacobs, of Dothan, AL, arrived at the Ozark, AL home of her ex-husband to pick up the couple’s 3-year-old son, Preston Eric Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs, apparently upset that his ex-wife had recently been awarded primary custody of the child, shot her and then himself. Ms. Jacobs died at the scene. Mr. Jacobs died a short time later at the hospital.

The Jacobs were married about three and a half years. Mr. Jacobs filed for divorce in May 2006, accusing Ms. Jacobs of extramarital affairs and requesting custody of Preston of the grounds that Ms. Jacobs ‘partied too much and did not take care of the child.’ (He was awarded temporary custody while Ms. Jacobs completed training at the State Trooper Academy.) Court documents filed on behalf of Ms. Jacobs state that Mr. Jacobs abused her, once ‘held a gun to her head and threatened to blow her brains out’ and another time killed the family cat in a fit of anger.

Ms. Jacobs graduated from the Alabama State Trooper Academy in June 2006. Before that she served two years as a police officer in Ozark, AL. A friend noted that Ms. Jacobs was “an inspiration to women in a difficult field but even more as a mother.” In addition to her son, Preston, Ms. Jacobs left two daughters, Sierra and Savanna Sasser.



A female trooper in Alabama, profiled by News Leader 9 last year is dead after an apparent murder-suicide Thursday night.

Authorities believe Jennifer Jacobs was shot and killed during a domestic dispute at the home of her ex-husband, Farrell Scott Jacobs, who then killed himself.

Trooper Jacobs died on the scene, and her ex-husband died later at a hospital of a head wound.

The shooting happened Thursday night shortly before 7 pm at the man’s home in Ozark.

Last year Trooper Jacobs was part of an in depth News Leader 9 report on the shortage of Alabama state troopers. She was one of two women last February who were going through the state trooper academy in Selma.

Jacobs graduated in June and was assigned to the Dothan barracks. She is survived by her three children.