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Man shot by police during scuffle

May 29, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

An El Centro police officer shot and wounded a suspect Tuesday who reportedly was attacking officers with an officer's baton, according to an officer with the Imperial County Homicide Task Force assigned to investigate the incident.

County sheriff's Sgt. Manuel Garcia said this morning the shooting occurred shortly before midnight when officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 1200 block of Hamilton Avenue.

Garcia said two officers arrived and were confronted by Jerome Jordan, 40, who resides there.

Garcia alleged Jordan refused to comply with officers' orders and a struggle commenced, during which Jordan grabbed a baton from one of the officers.

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"He was in the process of attacking the officers," Garcia said, adding one of the officers then shot Jordan.

Garcia declined to say how many times Jordan was shot. He suffered wounds to his upper and lower torso. He underwent surgery this morning at El Centro Regional Medical Center and was in stable condition. He said Jordan's wounds are not life-threatening.

Garcia declined to name either officer because of the ongoing investigation. He said both officers suffered minor injuries in the scuffle and both were placed on administrative duties while the investigation continues.

Garcia added investigators were going to return to the crime scene today to continue the investigation.

El Centro Police Chief Raymond Loera said his department is conducting its own investigation.

"We are continuing to investigate," Loera said, "We are looking at all the possibilities."

Loera added his department is probing to make sure "all areas are covered" in regard to what led to shots being fired.

Loera said, "This is obviously a traumatic experience for not only the person wounded but for the officer who had to pull the trigger."

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