Pet Dies in Bizarre Attempt at “Suicide by Cop”

Suspect Kills Mother’s Dog, Threatens to Kill Himself

In October of 2012 Lexington officers responded to calls regarding a disorder in the Bryan Station area. Officers went to a residence there and found a suspect holding a bloody knife to his own throat. The suspect refused to drop the knife and told the officers to “just shoot him.” When the suspect said he wanted to die and began to injure himself the responding officer subdued him with a Taser. Further investigation revealed that the suspect had become angry after an altercation with his mother, stabbed her dog, and then gone to another residence nearby to confront his ex-girlfriend.

The suspect was identified as Kimanita Hale, 22. Hale was read his Miranda rights and admitting to stabbing his mother’s dog, causing the animal’s death, and then trying to gain entry into his ex-girlfriend’s house to say goodbye because he knew he was going to jail. He further stated he wanted to die and hoped that the police would shoot him.

Hale was arrested and charged with Torture of a Dog and Resisting Arrest. Criminal records show he has prior misdemeanor convictions including public intoxication, receiving stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance, in addition to two probation violation. He was released on bond and failed to appear in court shortly thereafter. A few months later he was arrested on unrelated misdemeanor charges, resulting in convictions for leaving the scene of an accident and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Hale eventually pled guilty to his original charges and an additional count of Bail Jumping. He was sentenced to serve four years in prison in September of 2013. Corrections records show he is serving his time in a county jail and will be eligible for parole in August of 2015.

” Frequent Flier” Back on Probation

“Gotta Do My Time, I Gotta Do My Time*”

In December of 2012 Dominique Shanks, 33, pled guilty to Welfare Fraud and was sentenced to two years, probated for five years, and ordered to make restitution of approximately $9,000. In July of 2013 she pled guilty to receiving stolen property for pawning stolen jewelry, was sentenced to 12 months, and placed on probation for two years.

Shanks is no stranger to the criminal justice system, having been placed on probation at the age of 19 for the crime of theft by deception in July of 1999. Over the next 14 years Shanks was booked in the Fayette County Jail no less than 19 times and spent several years in state custody. She has four felony convictions for Welfare Fraud, Assault, Third Degree, Escape, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in addition to 27 misdemeanor convictions including DUI, public intoxication, bad checks, and various forms of narcotics and theft offenses. She has failed to complete probation, including Drug Court, on two prior occasions, and was returned to the penitentiary three times for violating the terms of her parole. In spite of her record, Shanks was placed on probation again and remains out of custody.