WAVERLY, Ohio – A former Ohio deputy sheriff accused of fatally shooting of an unarmed man after a chase says that he was forced to fire because he thought that the suspect leaned down to grab a weapon.
Prosecutors say former Pike County Deputy Joel Jenkins unnecessarily fired nine times through the windows of Ronald Rooker is stopped with the vehicle at the end of the hunt, the capture of the 26-year-old seven times.
Jenkins testified Friday that he yelled, “Please don’t do it” when he saw the man raise his arm, as if he had something in his hand.
The former deputy told the jury he thought the defendant was going to kill him.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberating next week.
In another case, Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter deadly for the recording of a neighbor.