In a statement, the director of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru, said the event was “tragic” and one that the department “hoped we’d never have to experience.”
“Jermaine, a father of two young children, a boy and a girl, was a motivated, hard-working and well-liked employee. I have heard from many department heads, the mayor’s office and others from the city family expressing their deep condolences,” he wrote. “My prayers are with his loved ones and friends during this difficult and profoundly sad time.”
Jackson began working as an apprentice with Public Works in March 2015 and would have graduated in mid-2017, according to the department. He was involved in an anti-violence program called Interrupt, Predict, Organize before that, when he got his GED and was recommended to Public Works, the department said.
A homicide investigation into the shooting is underway, and Public Works is conducting its own investigation.