By Frank Lewis
A Pike County off-duty deputy has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of another individual at the deputy’s private residence.
Joel Jenkins has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jason Brady. In the meantime, Jenkins has been terminated by Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader, and the investigation is in the hands of the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I).
Reader began Monday morning with a lengthy statement detailing all of the events surrounding the incident and the full text of his statement is available on the Daily Times website.
Reader said he was called out at 11 p.m. Friday to the scene after receiving a report of a shooting. There he met with Waverly Police Chief Larry Rowe who informed him Brady had died from injuries caused by a gunshot wound. The scene was closed off and Jenkins secured until proper authorities could arrive.
Reader said he and Roe then responded to the residence of Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk and advised him of the limited information they had and returned to the scene with him. When we arrived to the scene, they contacted Pike County Coroner David R. Kessler, Prosecutor’s Investigators, a Prosecutor’s Victim Advocate, Chaplin Major Bob Barbee, BCI&I (Both Crime Scene Unit and Special Investigative Unit) and immediately ordered all Deputy Sheriffs and a Waverly Police Officer that were on duty and responded to the scene to their offices where they were segregated and ordered to stay until such time as an agent with BCI&I could interview them as well as the dispatchers who were working when the incident was reported. Jenkins was transported to the Franklin County Jail where he was incarcerated.
The investigation continued through the weekend and Reader was quick to add that contrary to some social media reports, his office has not investigated anyone involved with the case and has left all of the investigative work to BCI&I.
“In the overnight hours since the incident, I have heard rumors, viewed things on social media, and been advised of other information that is very alarming to me as your Sheriff. I have only provided the very limited and initial information received in the investigative process from the Special Investigative Unit of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. My office nor any member of my staff are involved in any part of the investigation, nor will we be,” Reader said. “In the rumors, postings on social media and other information received, it appears that several people in the area heard, seen, or viewed some things that may be very valuable information to the investigators from BCI&I that are actively working this case, including that another male and female were in the residence when the incident took place. The investigators were at the scene for over twelve hours yesterday (Friday) and no one who has posted things to social media or who have brought rumors forward contacted anyone on the scene to share the information that you are posting about or spreading.”
Reader said he, as sheriff, has an expectation that if someone has information that they will make that information available to the investigators with BCI&I.
Contact information Toll-free: 800-292-051s Local: 614-466-4986 Tip Line: Phone: 1-855-BCI-OHIO (1455-224-6446) Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
30 E. Broad st., 14th Floor Columbus, OH 43215
A complete transcript of Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader’s statement is available at our website – www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.