Decatur man offered teen a job. Then the teen fatally shot him, police say

Grady Jenkins had just offered a DeKalb County teenager a job doing some yard work for him.

Then the teen pulled a gun on Jenkins and fatally shot him, according to DeKalb County police.

Grady Jenkins (Channel 2 Action News)

Police said surveillance video shows the teen running from Jenkins’ home on Oregon Trial, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Jenkins, 64, survived the shooting long enough to tell police what happened, Channel 2 reported.

“(Jenkins) picked the person up and then brought him back to assist him with work at the residence,” DeKalb police detective Keith McQuilki told Channel 2.

This was the home off Oregon Trail where Jenkins allegedly was going to hire the teen to do some yard work. (Channel 2 Action News)

Police said the young man was going to be hired to do some yard work, but once they arrived at the Decatur home the teen pulled out a gun and shot Jenkins in the stomach on June 10, Channel 2 reported.

Jenkins was taken to an area hospital, where he spoke with investigators before later dying, according to the news station. 

DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told that Jenkins told investigators the teen attempted to rob him but ended up stealing nothing.

Jenkins’ sister, who asked to remain anonymous, told Channel 2 the suspect didn’t have to kill her brother.

“He was just a very kind, loving spirit that just, if he could help you, he would,” she told the news station. “He would give you the shirt off (his) back.”

McQuilki said the suspect is likely in his late teens and is possibly still in the Decatur area. Anyone with information is asked to call 404-577-8477.

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