Man who shot himself was Ky. homicide suspect

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 6:19 PM

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m. (Jan. 20): The cause of death for Kenyon Hipps, a Kentucky homicide suspect who shot himself at the Whitney Young Estates apartments in Dayton late Tuesday afternoon, was listed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as suicide.

Arrest warrants for Hipps, 18-year-old Marcus Smith and three juveniles were issued a week ago in the Jan. 9 shooting death of an 18-year-old man in Lexington, Ky.

“We have no information on their whereabouts,” Lexington police Lt. Jackie Newman said of Smith and the juveniles. Anyone who sees a man fitting the description of Smith (please see the photo that accompanies this report) is asked to call Lexington police at 859-258-3600.

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UPDATE @ 11:31 a.m. (Jan. 20): The identity of the man who police said killed himself by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head Tuesday night matches that of a Kentucky homicide suspect.

Kenyon J. Hipps, 21, was identified Wednesday morning by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Dayton police say Hipps shot himself in the back seat of a car, in the parking lot of the Whitney Young Estates apartments on Germantown Pike, as officers spoke to three people who had just gotten out of that vehicle.

Kentucky police and media identified Hipps as a suspect in the Jan. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Caleb Hallett in Lexington, Ky.

Arrest warrants for Hipps, 18-year-old Marcus L. Smith and three juveniles were issued a week ago.

Hipps’ autopsy was to be performed Wednesday, but coroner’s office representatives did not yet have a cause and manner of death.

UPDATE @ 8:55 p.m. (Jan. 19)

Investigators are working to find out why a man in the backseat of a car shot himself to death as two Dayton police officers were speaking with three people who had just gotten out of that car, Chief Richard Biehl said.

Dayton investigators are working with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to properly identify that man, believed to be in his 20s, Biehl said. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Whitney Young Estates apartments in the 4400 block of Germantown Pike.

Biehl said two uniformed officers on directed patrol encountered the car, which was parked, and were speaking with two males and a female outside that car when they heard a gunshot fired by the male still in the car.

The officers, who have not been identified by name, asked Montgomery County Regional Dispatch for a “Signal 99,” a request for more officers to be dispatched.

“They really weren’t sure what they had at that point,” Biehl said, explaining why the extra officers were dispatched. “At this point you’ve got a gunshot, somebody dead. You don’t know anything about the other occupants.

“So until you can get the scene stabilized, you should have more people with you.”

Biehl said the two officers were in the area because it is one where there are periodic problems related to drug activity and violent crime.

“Is it an area where we give regular patrol,” the chief said. “The officers were here just doing that.”

UPDATE @ 6:32 p.m. (Jan. 19)

A police sergeant said officers were at the Whitney Young Estates apartments in Dayton on a routine investigation and as they approached a vehicle in the parking lot, a male in that vehicle shot himself in the head.

The “signal 99” was called because the officers apparently were very close to where the shooting occurred when the gunshot was heard.

According to the sergeant, the slug went through the roof of the vehicle.

What is not clear is why the man shot himself.

FIRST REPORT

Extra police officers have been dispatched to the Whitney Young Estates apartment complex, in the 4400 block of Germantown Pike, regarding an assault.

The dispatch call for a “signal 99” was issued about 5:53 p.m. and a medic has been requested as well.

Police are also blocking traffic in the area.

We have a crew on the way and we will update this developing report.