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S.C. Man Who Charged Cops With AK-47 Had Homemade Explosives

May 01, 2011  | 

The 22-year-old man who charged Columbia (S.C.) Police officers with an AK-47 was carrying homemade explosives when tactical officers fatally shot him at a rental property after an hour-long standoff.

Blakely Hilton Jernigan had built high-powered firecrackers. Investigators also found more weapons, cocaine and marijuana in his apartment following the incident, which began when Jernigan shot an officer at a traffic stop.

Jernigan shot Officer Alexander Broder in the chest at close range after he pulled over Jernigan's car. The officer survived because he was wearing a ballistic vest.

Jernigan, a Clemson University student, had faced drug and weapons charges.

Source: The State


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