Greenville’s police chief has now identified an officer who was shot Friday while serving a search warrant on a suspected gang member has now died.
Police Chief Ken Miller said 28-year-old Allen Jacobs was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Greenville Memorial Hospital. The chief said the suspect Deontea Mackey committed suicide when two other officers cornered him near the Swamp Rabbit Trail shortly after the shooting.
Jacobs was an Iraq War veteran who is survived by his pregnant wife and two sons. He was in his fifth year at the Greenville Police Department.
“I can tell you that he meant a lot to this organization,” Chief Miller said. “Policing is, at times, dangerous… but most of the time our work is working with people to get information, working to make our neighborhoods safer and certainly working to arrest and hold accountable those who would commit crimes and victimize members of our community. That’s what Officer Jacobs did for us and he did it extraordinarily well.”
Miller said Jacobs and another officer had stopped Mackey in the Nicholltown area of Greenville, located just south of downtown, around 12:20 p.m. The officers wanted to question him about information they received that Mackey, a convicted felon, was involved in a gun exchange. Mackey ran from the officers and fled behind a home. The suspect then pulled out a gun and opened fire after Jacobs rounded the corner of the house. Chief Miller said Officer Jacobs was struck “multiple” times.
Other officers on-scene gave Jacobs CPR, but he was declared dead after arriving at the hospital. Investigators said Jacobs’ gun was still holstered.
Police said Mackey kept running after the shooting, eventually reaching a spur near the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Two more officers were waiting for him there, Miller said. The officers said Mackey shot himself in the head before they could stop him. Miller said the officers told him Miller had called his mother on his cell shortly before pulling the trigger. The chief said no officers fired their weapons during the incident.
The chief said the 17-year-old Mackey was a “self-described” gang member who was listed as such in a national police database. Court records show he had previously pleaded guilty to common-law robbery in February. His 10-year sentence was suspended in favor of 251 days time already served before the plea deal, according to the records. Mackey also has a previous juvenile record, but that information is not available to the public due to his age at the time.
Miller said his earlier report that Jacobs and other officers were serving a search warrant at the time of the shooting was not accurate.
Officials closed the Swamp Rabbit Trail between Cleveland Park and Green Forest Park during their investigation.
The State Law Enforcement Division is the lead investigator in the shooting, as it is any time an officer is involved in a shooting.