Authorities say three suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting death of Officer Kevin Jordan, who had been with the Griffin Police Department for four years.
The altercation began when two men and a woman who were allegedly causing a disturbance at a Waffle House on U.S. 19 were asked to leave the restaurant about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. A fight broke out after Jordan got them outside and tried to handcuff the woman, authorities said.
“As he was on the ground trying to cuff her,” Griffin police Officer Mike Richardson told Channel 2 Action News, “one of the males who was with her apparently brandished a firearm and shot (Jordan) three times in the back.”
The bullets went through Jordan’s bulletproof vest. He was rushed to Spalding Regional Medical Center for treatment but did not survive, authorities said.
Jordan’s brother, who had come to the Waffle House to meet with his brother, was in the parking lot when the gunfire erupted, Channel 2 reported. The brother, a civilian, had a permit to carry to a gun, and shot the alleged gunman, according to the television station.
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Michael Bowman of Griffin, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, Channel 2 reported. His condition was not immediately available.
Two other suspects, 23-year-old Tyler Taylor and 28-year-old Chantell Mixon, are being held on unknown charges.
The GBI is investigating the incident.