Police Officer Kevin Jordan
Griffin Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 31, 2014
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and wounded
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Steven D. Heaton
Griffin Police Department
868 W Poplar Street
Griffin, GA 30224
Phone: (770) 229-6450
Police Officer Kevin Jordan was shot and killed while arrest a female subject while working an overtime assignment at approximately 2:30 am.
He was working the assignment at a Waffle House on U.S. 19 when three customers began creating an disturbance. He escorted the three outside but the female subject began fighting with him. After subduing the woman he was placing her in handcuffs on the ground when one of the male subjects shot him in the back three times. All three rounds penetrated his bullet proof vest, causing fatal wounds.
Officer Jordan’s civilian brother, who had come to the location to speak with him, witnessed the shooting. The brother, who was armed, shot and wounded the subject, who was taken into custody.
Officer Jordan had served with the Griffin Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and seven children.
A 43-year-old Griffin police officer and father of seven was shot and killed outside of a Waffle House early this morning while working an off-duty security job in full uniform, authorities said.
Two suspects were charged with murder in the shooting death of Officer Kevin Jordan, an ex-Marine who had been with the Griffin Police Department for four years, police spokesman Mike Richardson said.
Two men and a woman who allegedly caused a disturbance at a Waffle House on U.S. 19 were asked to leave the restaurant around 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Richardson said. A fight broke out after Jordan got them outside and tried to handcuff 28-year-old Chantell Mixon, he said.
Jordan was on the ground trying to restrain Mixon when another man shot him at least three times in the back, Richardson said. Police identified the suspected gunman as 30-year-old Michael D. Bowman and charged him and Mixon with the officer’s murder.
Jordan’s brother, Raymond Jordan, was in the parking lot when the gunfire erupted and shot Bowman, Richardson said. The brother is a civilian who had a permit to carry a gun and was at the restaurant to visit Jordan, who often worked there on weekends, police said. Raymond Jordan has not been charged with anything. Police offered no explanation.
Bowman was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.
A third suspect, 23-year-old Tyler Taylor, was charged with disorderly misconduct.
It is not immediately clear if the three suspects have hired an attorney, and several calls to their relatives went unanswered.
Darlene Buhlinger, Bowman’s aunt, did speak to Channel 2 Action News. She said she was in “disbelief” about what happened. She told the television station that her nephew had a permit to carry a gun but never thought he was capable of shooting anyone.
“That’s somebody’s son, daddy,” she said. “I mean I don’t even know what to feel. I’m so sorry for that family.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now probing the shooting. The Griffin Police Department has asked the public to pray for Jordan’s family.
“We are deeply saddened by these events and send our condolences to the family of Officer Jordan,” the department said in a statement. “We request that you keep the Jordan family in your prayers and thoughts as well as our local law enforcement community. Officer Jordan will be greatly missed.”
Officer Jordan has a son at Griffin High School that is to Graduate next weekend