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Witnesses saw man shoot wife, himself in FPL Food parking lot

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 5:19 PM
Last updated 9:53 PM
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Before fatally shooting his wife in a back parking lot Thursday at FPL Food, Emanuel Jordan told his employer that he would be leaving work briefly but didn’t say why, according to authorities.

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Emanuel Jordan

Witnesses said Jordan, 21, shot Tia Jordan, 40, with a hunting rifle then turned the gun on himself. Authorities were called about 1:15 p.m. to the plant at 1301 New Savannah Road, where they discovered the bodies.

“No one noticed they were arguing,” said Lt. Blaise Dresser of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, which is continuing to investigate the murder-suicide. “They just saw her walking away and him pull a gun out and shoot her.”

The couple had been married for about a year and shared a home on Hephzibah McBean Road in Hephzibah, according to investigators. Authorities said it is unknown whether the couple had previous problems in their relationship.

They did not have any children, although Emanuel Jordan had several by other women.

The shooting wasn’t Emanuel Jordan’s first domestic incident. He was arrested in May 2008 after he was accused of punching his girlfriend in the face. According to an incident report, Jordan and his girlfriend, who was three months pregnant, were arguing at their Wrightsboro Road apartment when it escalated after they began slapping each other. In is unclear in the report who slapped first.

When officers arrived, Jordan and his girlfriend were charged with family violence, simple battery, but neither charge was prosecuted.

Jordan was also charged with theft by receiving stolen property when officers found a stolen handgun in his possession during their investigation. Jordan admitted to officers he had bought it from a friend for $40.

Authorities said it is unknown whether the weapon used in the murder-suicide was stolen.

Tia Jordan, who was a registered nurse with University Home Health Care, was the first homicide in 2012 for Richmond County.

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leebraxjr 01/06/12 - 11:28 pm
The mainquestion I have is

The mainquestion I have is that the report keeps stating the weapon was pulled out. Where was it pulled out from? This is like pulling out the fulll information from the AC reporters.

smbga 01/07/12 - 09:22 am
tragedy. but from the sound

tragedy. but from the sound of it, he had some deep rooted issues. just another one gone and no longer in the system.

beboisme 01/07/12 - 10:35 am
That was my question also

That was my question also leebraxjr. Editor please! All too often you leave the details to one's imagination. If you don't know where the rifle was at the time of the incident then let that be your statement. Stop with the incomplete statements.

avidreader 01/07/12 - 12:01 pm
He is 21. She is 40. Or

He is 21. She is 40. Or should I say, WAS! He has "several" children by other women. She's a nurse. All of this makes me wonder: she was apparently an educated woman who held down a good job. He was a boy with a history that would drive most sensible women to think twice about a nurturing relationship. This entire scene smacks of Lifetime Movie Nework.

Tia Jordan must have been a lonely woman. My condolences to her family and friends. Maybe this will serve as a lesson to other women. With a few clicks of a computer mouse, one can search the criminal history of a perspective mate. Sometimes, the head has to overrule the heart.

southern2 01/07/12 - 06:09 pm
May they both rest in peace.

May they both rest in peace.

tabbymomma 01/07/12 - 06:47 pm
Tia was a sweet and kind

Tia was a sweet and kind person. Yes she was an educated woman and a fine nurse. Lonely? I can't answer that. I think she, like many people, fall for the wrong person and believe they can change them. Many often believe that they can not do better. I have known Tia since we were children and I also worked with her in the medical field. I am so saddened by her loss. She will be greatly missed.

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