BIZARRE BULLETPROO­F VEST CO­RIO DEATH TWIST:

Geelong Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BRI­ANNA TRAVERS

PO­LICE will probe why a man fa­tally shot in Co­rio was wear­ing a faulty bulletproo­f vest at the time and if it was a case of hi­jinks gone wrong.

Chris “Legsy” Ja­cobs, 39, was shot in the early hours of July 4 near his car­a­van in the vicin­ity of Chaf­fey Square.

Homi­cide de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fa­tal­ity and are yet to lay any charges.

Wit­ness ac­counts from any­one present at the time will be cru­cial to the case as in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­am­ine what led to the tragedy.

Sources said an es­sen­tial panel that re­pels pro­jec­tiles was miss­ing from the vest at the time of the shoot­ing.

This week po­lice and the State Emer­gency Ser­vice combed a 1km-long drain on Chaf­fey Square in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent, but said they had not found any clues.

They also scoured grass­land for clues in the hope it could lead them closer to who was re­spon­si­ble for the mys­te­ri­ous death.

Foren­sic po­lice in­spected and took sam­ples from a dark-coloured Ford Fal­con on Goldswor­thy Road last week.

It is un­clear how Mr Ja­cobs (pic­tured above) came to be in pos­ses­sion of the vest — which is a crim­i­nal of­fence in Vic­to­ria un­der the Con­trol of Weapons Act and car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of two years’ im­pris­on­ment.

Mr Ja­cobs was taken to hospi­tal where he died from his in­juries.

Best friend Emma Cul­liver said Mr Ja­cobs was once a promis­ing surfer but strug­gled with men­tal ill­ness and had been re­cently re­leased from jail.

“He’s not like ev­ery­one else, he was dif­fer­ent — car­ing, kind and unique,” she said.

Mr Ja­cobs had re­cently com­pleted a de­gree in com­puter pro­gram­ming at Deakin Uni­ver­sity.

Friend Ge­or­gia Fin­ni­gan de­scribed Mr Ja­cobs as “so in­tel­li­gent and so smart.”

“He was clean­ing up his act, he did four years at uni but he got into the wrong crowd,” she said

Ms Fin­ni­gan said she was “so, so shocked” by her friend’s death and said Mr Ja­cob’s big­gest is­sue had been “not see­ing his own self-worth”.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the shoot­ing is urged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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