Suspect in Lexington homicide is being held in Ohio

Quantina Reed as pictured on her Facebook page.
Quantina Reed as pictured on her Facebook page.

An early morning altercation Wednesday left a Lexington mother dead from a gunshot wound and a man in custody in Dayton, Ohio, charged with murder.

Jeffrey Eugene Jackson Jr., 34, was arrested several hours after the slaying of Quantina Reed. Investigators released few details about the case, including the nature of the relationship between Jackson and Reed.

However, Reed's father, Jesse Mitchell, told reporters from WKYT (Channel 27) that Reed and Jackson had been dating for several months. Mitchell described Jackson as a "troubled guy."

A news release from the Fayette County Coroner's Office said Reed "was shot during an altercation with another at her residence."

Reed, 34, was shot in the head and killed inside her two-story, stone-sided home in the 400 block of Scottsdale Circle sometime in the early morning hours, according to the coroner's release.

Her body was found after a friend called 911 at 4:09 a.m. The friend was concerned that Reed could be hurt inside the home, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Firefighter-paramedics forced their way in and found Reed. She was pronounced dead at 5:18 a.m.

When police arrived at the Scottsdale Circle home, they quickly identified a suspect and determined that he had fled Lexington, the police news release said. That's when investigators contacted other law enforcement agencies. About 11 a.m., a U.S. Marshal's Task Force, acting on a warrant issued by Lexington police, arrested Jackson in a parking lot in Dayton, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Nate Lupica.

Jackson was lodged in the Montgomery County, Ohio, jail Wednesday night.

Reed had worked in the environmental services department at Baptist Health Lexington, formerly called Central Baptist Hospital, since 2002, according to hospital spokeswoman Ruth Ann Childers.

She also was a mother, according to court documents.

Court documents for Jackson showed several past criminal charges and traffic citations. He was charged last year with domestic-violence related charges after an alcohol-fueled fight with another woman.

Jackson and the woman "had been up for two days drinking" when a screaming match and fistfight occurred on April 28 outside a home on Mount Rushmore Way, according to court documents.

Both Jackson and the woman sustained minor injuries and both were charged, according to court records. When police arrived, Jackson ran inside the house and refused to come out, a police report said. The report says police kicked in the door and Jackson fought with officers. He pleaded guilty in August to one count of fleeing or evading police.

Reed's death was the third homicide in Lexington this year.

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