Kenneth Jenison had a suicide note in his pocket when he was loaded on board an ambulance after the shooting incident. He died after being airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.
Sheriff’s dispatchers received the shoplifting call at 6:50 p.m. The caller said a young man bought a box of ammunition, then asked to see a handgun. He reportedly grabbed the gun and ran out of the store to a waiting taxi. The maroon colored vehicle left southbound on the highway.
Deputy Spenser Bryan spotted the taxi at the 28 mile marker northbound, but the driver told him he’d already dropped his passenger off near the 27 mile marker. The description he gave of his passenger matched the same description given by the clerk at the store where the gun was stolen.
Deputy Bryan, along with Deputies Todd Jones, Scott Ward and Sgt. Ken Fricke started in that direction. Deputy Jones spotted the young man – later identified as Jenison – near a red trailer in the front of Studio 27 Auto Upholstery. Jenison went behind the trailer. Deputy Jones then reported hearing a shot fired in that location.
The owner of the upholstery shop then came running up to the deputies. He said he’d just seen someone behind the trailer shoot himself.
Jenison was found on the ground behind the trailer, with a gunshot wound in his head. The .38 Smith and Wesson handgun he stole from Jig’s Bait and Tackle was found beside him. Deputies began CPR; during the course of CPR, Jenison regained a pulse. An American Ambulance passing by the scene stopped and assisted until Monroe County Fire Rescue could arrive and take over.
He was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, but was declared dead at that hospital a short while later.
A member of the ambulance crew that transported him found 12 bullets in his pocket and a suicide note.