A previously-fired Pike County deputy sheriff who has been charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in two separate fatal shootings has his job back. Jenkins, who had been the department's dog handler, called a non-emergency sheriff's office phone line about 11:40 p.m. on Dec. 3 and told a dispatcher that his gun had misfired and his neighbor had been shot.


The death threats began not long after Deputy Joel Jenkins shot and killed a suspect on a rural Pike County road. The county prosecutor, a gun enthusiast, lent Jenkins a couple of pistols for protection.


This Dec. 5, 2015 photo made available by the Franklin County Jail shows Joel Jenkins, who was indicted Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in two separate fatal shootings - one an on-duty killing involving a fleeing driver and the second an off-duty slaying of the ex-deputy's neighbor. In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 photo, Joel Jenkins, former Pike County, Ohio, Sheriff's Deputy, awaits his arraignment on involuntary manslaughter charges at Pike County Court, Waverly, Ohio.


A Pike County deputy has been indicted on counts of murder, involuntary manslaughter and other charges stemming from a recent shooting that killed his neighbor and his role in a fatal officer-involved shooting in March. A Pike County grand jury indicted former sheriff's office Deputy Joel Jenkins today.


Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader has fired a deputy who was arrested on Friday and charged with the fatal shooting of a neighbor. Joel Jenkins, who had been the department's dog handler, called a non-emergency line about 11:40 p.m. Thursday and told a dispatcher that his gun had misfired and that his neighbor had been shot.