Police: Louisville man chased, threatened ex-girlfriend before killing himself
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Brittany Linton kept tears in check through most of a phone call dealing with the death of her ex-boyfriend, 29-year-old Tyran Jenkins from Louisville.
But not when talk turned to what led to it.
"I still love him. It's my fault," Linton said Friday afternoon. "This shouldn't have happened."
Thursday night, she'd taken out an emergency protective order, alleging that Jenkins had assaulted her Wednesday, and beaten her up in front of her children about a month ago.
"He rides past my house, follows me, and I am very afraid of him," her petition continued. "This has to stop before somebody gets killed and he already said he is going to take my life and then kill himself."
Fewer than two hours after a Nelson County judge issued the order, but before deputies could serve it, Jenkins was acting on that alleged threat, Bardstown police said Friday morning.
"They're working the case as a suicide," Chief Steve Uram said.
Kentucky's Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of Jenkin's death. His body was found inside his wrecked Chevy Monte Carlo, which had rolled down an embankment by the 14th hole of the golf course at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.
The police pursuit had begun a half-hour earlier near Highway 245 and Bloomfield Road, when Linton called 911, saying Jenkin's car was chasing hers.
"He kept after me after I dropped my kids at school." Linton told WAVE 3 News. "He was serious."
"We heard two loud pops and we turned and there was a white car out in the street," Jeremy Blevins said.
Blevins and his wife Becky were opening their flea market "Almost Everything and More."
"The way the bullets hit, it looks like they came right this a-way," Becky Blevins said.
Linton told Jeremy Blevins her ex-boyfriend shot at her, he said. "Before we could even get to the door, the police cars was already going by."
"At about a hundred yards from Stephen Foster Avenue, the officers heard a shot coming from the suspect vehicle," Chief Uram said. "We didn't know at the time where the shot was fired, if it was pointed at an officer or a citizen."
Uram was grateful Jenkins' car got through the intersection without hitting any other vehicles or people. The area is among Bardstown's busier intersections, Uram said.
Uram said officers yelled at the suspect to get out of the car but got no response.
The shot Jenkins fired may have been the round that killed him, he said.
"We did it by the book," Uram said. Officers had brought AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, but Uram said the only rounds fired were non-lethal "beanbag" shells from a shotgun, designed to stun suspects long enough to take them into custody safely.
Nelson County's coroner confirmed Jenkins' identity late Friday afternoon. His body awaits autopsy Saturday.
"We didn't have kids together, but we treated each other's as our own," Linton told WAVE 3 News. Jenkins leaves a 9-year-old son, 7-year-old daughter and a baby boy, she said.
"Just know the Lord has his hand on you," Becky Blevins said of Linton. " It's not your fault, don't blame yourself. A lot of times people think it's something they done. It ain't."
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