WAVERLY, Ohio (WCMH)– Pike County Deputy Joel Jenkins has been charged with felony involuntary manslaughter after he says he accidentally shot and killed his neighbor.
According to Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, at about 11:40 p.m., Thursday, dispatchers received a call from Jenkins, who was off duty at the time, saying his gun had accidentally discharged and had shot his neighbor, 40-year-old Jason Brady, in the head.
Reader said Jenkins had been drinking alcohol when he fired the handgun that was not his duty weapon.
Jenkins was arrested by agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and transported to the Franklin County Jail. The Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk said the case is being handled by BCI and a special prosecutor out of the Attorney General’s office, because Jenkins has worked closely with everyone in his office.
“We are alleging Deputy Jenkins was using a weapon while intoxicated,” said Junk. “When someone does that and causes a death that is a felony.”
The sheriff said evidence points to who was handling the firearm. “I believe it is clear Deputy Jenkins had the firearm, he had consumed some intoxicating beverage, and that is why the charge is what it is,” Reader said.
Jenkins was scheduled to testify before a special Grand Jury because of his involvement in another shooting death on March 28. He was put on administrative leave twice for that shooting and place back on administrative leave this morning before he was charged in the death. No word yet on when Jenkins will testify for the special Grand Jury with this latest charge handing over his head.