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Gang Member Kills SC Cop, Calls Mother, Commits Suicide

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Officer Allen Lee Jacobs and Deontea Perry MackeyOfficer Allen Lee Jacobs and Deontea Perry Mackey

A gang member killed a South Carolina police officer on March 18 and then took his own life.

Officers in Greenville, South Carolina, saw 17-year-old Deontea Perry Mackey and pulled him over to perform a field interview, The Greenville News reports.

They were not trying to serve a warrant as was previously stated, according to Greenville Police chief Ken Miller.

Mackey fled on foot and was chased by officers until he fired shots at them. Officer Allen Lee Jacobs, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was struck multiple times.

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Miller said Jacobs was “quite fit and quite fast,” and kept pace with the suspect. His gun was still holstered when Mackey shot him.

Jacobs, 28, was an Iraq War Army veteran who joined the police force in 2011 where he investigated gang activity.

After shooting Jacobs, Mackey ran a short distance, called his mother, and then shot himself to death when he found he was cornered by two police officers.

Jacobs was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the department said. He leaves behind two young sons and a pregnant wife, who is expecting a baby girl in July.

"We lose, we hurt, we ache," Miller said, according to Reuters. "In an instant, lives can change forever."

Mackey was listed as a gang member in a national police database, but Miller would not identify the gang.

“His prior history is a violent history,” Miller said.

“This is everyone’s worse nightmare,” Miller said. “[Jacobs] was out doing our work. He’s a member of our community, and he was out there trying to keep us safe.”

Sources: The Greenville News, Reuters / Photo credit: The Greenville News

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