A woman who says she is a relative of 36-year-old Jacob (Jake) Albright of Somers, says that Albright is the man who passed away yesterday after a seemingly self-inflicted gunshot wound. On July 20th 2023, at about 3:46 PM, Officers of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department arrested an adult male for weapons related offenses. The arrestee was being transported to the Kenosha County Jail for criminal charges by two Pleasant Prairie Police Officers. While driving the squad on Sheridan Road near the entrance of the Kenosha County Jail, officers heard a gun shot from the backseat prisoner portion of the squad.
Preliminary information indicates the arrestee suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound from a concealed weapon not located in the initial search by officers. Life saving measures were attempted, however the arrestee was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The woman posted earlier today on Facebook the following:
“My family and I, very much appreciate all the condolences. Please, please, if anything…remember Jacob for his who he was, a giant goofball, a full grown man with the heart of a child. The times he made you laugh til it hurt, his skate board tricks, his elaborate wood work, even his crazy and off the wall antics…he wasn’t just “a criminal in transport”…he was a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend…and so much more. Please please, don’t allow Jacob to become another sad heart that the world, forgets. Thank you.”
Jacob was a troubled man with a history of drug abuse and violence. His criminal record began in the early 2000’s continuing to the day of his death. He has an arrest and conviction record of:
Felony Burglary of Dwelling
Felony Bail Jumping
Criminal Damage to Property
Receiving Stolen Property
Felony Possession of Cocaine
Unlawful Use of Phone for Threats of Harm
Felon In Possession of a Firearm
Felony Aiding/Harboring a Felon
Mr. Albright was out on bond for a Felony case of Physical Abuse of an elderly Person – Bodily Harm. He posted a $5,000 cash bond on June 28, 2023. He was facing more felony bail-jumping charges as well as weapons charges per Pleasant Prairie Police.
Later in the woman’s social media post, she says:
“If anyone has any photos no matter what type…please send me a message. We were not even notified of his death until they had already transported him to Milwaukee and onto a slab. We have not seen his body, we are not being allowed to view his body…and with multiple conflicting reports, I need…evidence. If we are going to be able to hold those accountable for their gross negligence…I need backing from our community.”
The “Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression” is hosting a vigil for Mr. Albright at 7pm on Saturday night in front of the court house.