Suspect found dead after allegedly shooting a deputy

WYNNEWOOD, OK – The body of a 25-year-old man, Kameron Jenkins, who was suspected of shooting a Cleveland County deputy last week, was discovered near Interstate 35 in Wynnewood. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announced that Jenkins’ body was located following a comprehensive secondary search of the vicinity. The search was conducted by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Emergency Response and Tactical Team, who found a male body fitting Jenkins’ description.

Cadaver dogs were instrumental in locating Jenkins’ body on Tuesday, approximately 150 yards from the initial shooting scene, concealed under thickets and dense brush. Jenkins was found alongside his weapons. The circumstances and timing of Jenkins’ death remain uncertain.

Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett suggested that the adverse weather conditions on the evening of the incident may have influenced the search, prompting law enforcement to expand their search parameters when Jenkins’ body was not found on the first day. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will now take over the scene to complete the investigation.

The incident began on Wednesday morning when Jenkins allegedly shot a Cleveland County deputy, Sean Steadman, near I-35 in Wynnewood. Deputy Steadman was transported to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and is expected to recover. A second individual, Gwaun Frierson, an employee of Pioneer Transport, Inc., was killed during the exchange of gunfire on Wednesday. Frierson was later confirmed to be an innocent bystander by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

In the aftermath of the shooting, several law enforcement agencies, including the OSBI, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the U.S. Marshals Service, initiated a manhunt for Jenkins, offering an $11,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Jenkins, who had a significant criminal record dating back to 2016, faced new charges in relation to Wednesday’s shooting. His past convictions included multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, as well as the possession of a firearm as a felon. Jenkins was last sentenced to a decade in prison in June 2019 but was released in March this year. He was also due in court on Tuesday for a case related to prostitution.