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Sheriff says Jackson County deputy shot suspect to disarm him

SANDYVILLE — A Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy shot a man in the hand Wednesday evening as he was holding a handgun to his head in a suicide-type manner, according to Sheriff Ross Mellinger.

Deputies responded to the Trace Fork Road area of Sandyville on Wednesday after reports of Matthew Elkins, 32, firing shots inside of a residence “with multiple children and adults present,” Mellinger said in a video posted on the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

Mellinger said Elkins came into contact with the deputies in the front yard, at which point he held a loaded handgun to his head.

“One deputy at that time fired one round from a scoped rifle at a short distance and struck Mr. Elkins in the hand area, ultimately causing the firearm to be dropped and for him to be taken into custody,” Mellinger said. “Make no mistake about it, this was an extreme, life-saving set of circumstances involving advanced tactics and maneuvers. It was quite simply an incident where extreme arrogance and reckless was met with precision, accuracy and professionalism.”

Elkins was transported to the hospital for treatment and will undergo surgery on his hand, after which he will be transported to South Central Regional Jail, according to Mellinger.

He is being charged with three counts of wanton endangerment and Mellinger said the sheriff’s department will continue with its investigative and administrative procedures to close the case.

“Everybody went home safe, no lives were lost. It was certainly a breath of fresh air when everybody can respond to these types of circumstances in a professional and urgent manner and that everybody gets to go home to their families at the end of the day,” Mellinger said. “We wish everybody involved, including Mr. Elkins, the best in the future and we look forward to handling all other matters just as this one with the professionalism that everything deserves.”

At deadline, the sheriff’s department had not responded with the name of the deputy involved.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com

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