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Gang Member Fatally Shoots South Carolina Iraq War Veteran Cop Before Killing Himself

(Greenville Police Department)

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A gang member fatally shot a South Carolina cop Friday before turning the gun on himself.

Greenville police saw confirmed gang member Deontea Perry Mackey, 17, Friday afternoon and stopped to conduct a field interview. But Mackey fled, and Officer Allen Jacobs, a 28-year-old Iraq War veteran, chased him, Greenville Online reports.

Police say Mackey turned and opened fire on Jacobs, hitting him multiple times and killing him. Mackey ran another half mile before officers had him surrounded. Police say Mackey called his mother on the phone and then killed himself.

“It’s a sad day for Greenville,” Police Chief Ken Miller told Fox Carolina. “It’s a sad day even more for his family and for our family in the Greenville Police Department.”

Jacobs left behind a pregnant wife and two children. The non-profit Heroes in Blue set up a GoFundMe to raise money for Jacobs’ family. The webpage describes Jacob as a “larger than life guy,” and has raised over $30,000.

“This is everyone’s worst nightmare,” Miller told Greenville Online. “He was out doing our work. He’s a member of our community, and he was out there trying to keep us safe.”

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