Off-duty officer shot, killed at Ga. Waffle House
GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — A 43-year-old Griffin police officer was shot and killed while off-duty early Saturday morning and the man who police say fired the gun is in critical but stable condition after being shot by the officer's brother.
Officer Kevin Jordan was working an overnight security shift at a Waffle House restaurant in Griffin when two men and a woman caused a disturbance around 2:30 a.m., Griffin Police Lt. Mike Richardson said. Jordan escorted them to the parking lot, when the woman identified as Chantell Mixon began physically fighting with him.
Jordan was attempting to arrest Mixon when one of the men, Michael Bowman, fired at the officer's back, Richardson said. Police believe Jordan was shot five times. At least one bullet penetrated the bulletproof vest Jordan was wearing, Richardson said.
Jordan's brother, Raymond Jordan, had come to the restaurant to visit and fired his weapon, striking Bowman, Richardson said. Raymond Jordan has a valid permit in Georgia, he said. It is not known how many times Bowman was hit or whether he has an attorney.
Richardson said police plan to file felony murder charges against Bowman and Mixon. A charge of felony obstruction also is planned against Mixon. The second man present at the time of the shooting, Tyler Taylor, is expected to be charged with disorderly conduct.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation.
Jordan leaves behind seven children and was with the Griffin Police Department for four years. Richardson said the department is deeply saddened by his death.
"We request that you keep the Jordan family in your prayers and thoughts as well as our local law enforcement community," Richardson said. "Officer Jordan will be greatly missed."