The Hilton Head Island man shot by a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputy at Tanger 2 Outlets on Dec. 9 has been released from Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and is in the custody of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.
Akeem Jenkins, 21, was booked into the Chatham County jail on Friday and is being held in its medical wing pending extradition to South Carolina, according to Pete Nichols, spokesman for the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.
Jenkins was airlifted to the hospital after he was shot during a traffic stop at the Bluffton outlet center, during which he reportedly placed his car in reverse and injured Sgt. Raymond Heroux, according to investigators.
Heroux became trapped in the car’s open driver’s side door and was dragged through the parking lot, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said. He pulled his pistol and fired several shots at Jenkins.
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Heroux was treated and released from Hilton Head Hospital.
Jenkins, who was on probation at the time of the shooting, has had a series of light sentences for charges ranging from possession of marijuana and third-degree burglary to discharging a firearm into a dwelling.
As he was treated at the scene at Tanger 2, EMS allegedly found at least 10 grams of cocaine on his person — a felony offense.
According to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry, Jenkins will be extradited from Chatham County to the Beaufort County Detention Center.