- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina police officer was shot and killed Friday as he and a partner were trying to question a self-professed gang member who they had been told was trying to buy a gun, the chief said.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller told a news conference Friday that Officer Allen Jacobs and a second officer got out of their car and were trying to question Deondea Mackey, 17 when he ran from them. Miller initially said the officers were trying to serve a warrant, but later said police were acting on a report that Mackey, a self-professed gang member with a criminal record, was trying to buy a gun.

Miller said Jacobs chased Mackey, who ran behind a house. The second officer was on the phone with a dispatcher when he heard gunshots and when he reached the scene, he found Jacobs on the ground, Miller said.

“Our officers who were here on the scene and who responded to assist performed CPR on our officer and the CPR was unsuccessful,” Miller said.

Jacobs was pronounced dead at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Miller said Jacobs had been on the force for four years. He said the 28-year-old was an Iraq war veteran and was married with two children. Miller said his wife was expecting their third child.

“This is everyone’s worst nightmare … This is a sad day for Greenville. This is a sad day for his family,” Miller said.

Jacobs was wearing a chest-mounted body camera, but Miller said he didn’t know if the camera was operating and added that the camera was shattered. The chief also said Jacobs’ gun was still in his holster when his partner found him.

According to Miller, the pursuit of Mackey continued and he was spotted a short distance away. Miller said Mackey made a phone call before he shot and killed himself. The chief said earlier that Mackey had called his mother.

Miller didn’t say what kinds of weapons were used in the shootings.

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