A South Carolina police officer was killed trying to arrest a known gang member, who later took his own life to avoid arrest.
Officer Allen Lee Jacobs was fatally shot when Greenville cops tried to arrest the suspect at a house in the Nicholtown Community on Friday afternoon.
“We lose, we hurt, we ache,” Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller told Greenville Online. “No one wants to lose their officers.”
The Greenville officers had been trying to speak with the suspect, 17-year-old Deontea Perry Marckey, when the suspect fled. Lee, 28, rounded a corner and was hit by multiple gunshots and passed away at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Lee never had a chance to unholster his gun and was wearing a bulletproof vest, Greenville Online reported.
The officer is a decorated Iraq war veteran, a father of two and his wife is pregnant, with the third child due in July, the department said in a somber remembrance. He’d been with the department for nearly four years.
“When you lose an officer the community loses an officer,” Miller said. “I have come to know this officer and his work ethic and have found him to be an extraordinary person and officer and contributed to the police mission. He was as dedicated as anyone could be dedicated.”
Mackey, called his mother moments before he shot himself after he was surrounded by cops, according to Greenville Online.
Jacobs, the first cop killed in the line of duty in Greenville since 1996, was also struck by a car during a 2014 incident. Darell Johnson ran into Jacobs, breaking the officer’s leg, after the cops told him to turn down the music in his car, according to Greenville Online.
A GoFundMe page created for the officer’s family had raised more than $9,000 in just hours after news spread of Jacobs’ death.
via NY Daily News