A policeman who was shot and killed while chasing a 17-year-old through the streets of Greenville, South Carolina, may have fallen victim to his own department’s politically correct policy that requires officers to keep their guns holstered, except in the most dire of circumstances.
According to the Greenville Police Department’s force policy, an officer is prohibited from using lethal force against those “believed to be unarmed or are not presenting an imminent threat to human life or serious bodily harm unless immediately apprehended — whether or not they are fleeing from police.”
The policy was made public in a story about the killing of Allen Jacobs, 28, a four-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department, published in the Greenville News.
On March 18, Jacobs and his partner stopped a suspect known to the officer as a self-identified gang member, Deontea Mackey, to question him about a weapon he was alleged to have been trying to acquire. Mackey, 17, turned and ran with Jacobs in pursuit on foot.
The teen reportedly shot and killed Jacobs during the chase.
Police said Mackey then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide.