Suicidal subject fatally shot after firing on deputies

A man who was the subject of a brief search after a call in reference to a suicidal person Friday night has died after he shot at two Lexington County deputies and took return fire.

Ronald Scott Jenkins, 55, suffered a gunshot wound and died after being transported to a hospital, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

“Before deputies arrived in the area, a 911 caller said Jenkins had left a home in the 700 block of Founders Road and the caller reported hearing a single gunshot,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “K-9 units were deployed and, after a short track, they located the suspect.”

Jenkins, a Lexington resident, fired at two deputies and a K-9 police dog as they approached him, according to Koon. The deputies returned fire and struck him, Koon said.

“The deputies and the K-9 were not injured,” Koon said. “We extend our condolences to the friends and family members of Mr. Jenkins.”

As is standard procedure, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is leading the investigation into the incident, according to Koon.

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