Sheriff: Veteran With PTSD Committed “Suicide by Cop”
ABC Columbia Staff
August 9, 2016
Little Mountain, S.C. (WOLO) — Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified than man involved in Monday’s officer involved shooting as James W. Jennings Jr.
According to Watts, autopsy results show Jennings died of multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body including one that was self inflicted.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott tells ABC Columbia, Monday evening deputies responded to a domestic dispute on Wash Lever Road to find Jennings barricaded inside his home.
Lott explains that after hours of negotiation the man shot himself twice before pointing the gun at officer, who returned fire.
“We tried to use non lethal means to subdue him, that didn’t work and when he actually threatened the officer and pointed the gun we didn’t have a choice at that point. You know, he was trying to get us to kill him.” says Lott.
The Sheriff says Jennings was a military veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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