Sheriff: Veteran With PTSD Committed “Suicide by Cop”
Little Mountain, S.C. (WOLO) — Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified than man involved in Monday’s officer involved shooting as James W. Jennings Jr.
Lott explains that after hours of negotiation the man shot himself twice before pointing the gun at officer, who returned fire.
“We tried to use non lethal means to subdue him, that didn’t work and when he actually threatened the officer and pointed the gun we didn’t have a choice at that point. You know, he was trying to get us to kill him.” says Lott.
The Sheriff says Jennings was a military veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Doctor Kimberly Kruse, a licensed clinical psychologist at Palmetto Heath, says irregularities immediately following traumatic events are not uncommon, but prolonged problems are cause for concern.
“People may have something called flashbacks, they may become estranged from family, fearsome of going out of their homes. Children, adults geriatric individuals all are susceptible to PTSD,” explains Kruse.