by Robin Kemp
The Clayton County Police Department says it has found Jordan Jackson, the man suspected of having fatally shot Henry County Police Officer Paramhans Desai, in Riverdale. As of press time, SWAT teams were still in place and the complex is on lockdown.
A reliable source told The Clayton Crescent Jackson is dead. The source confirmed Jackson apparently shot himself.
The reward for Jackson’s capture had grown to $60,000 and a Blue Alert for his missing white Honda Civic lit up interstate message boards.
“Clayton County Police Department and SWAT Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and U.S. Marshals all responded to the 6700 block of Church Street, Riverdale, GA in reference [to the] suspect Jordan Jackson possibly at that location,” CCPD spokesperson Sgt. Julia Isaac said. “Because of the joint effort of multiple agencies, we were able to locate Jordan Jackson. Please refer all question and concerns to the Henry County Police Department – Chief of Staff/Police Office. The Henry County Police Department will be having a press conference soon.”
Earlier, Henry County Sheriff Reginad Scandrett told reporters, “I can assure you of this, Mr. Jordan, this is directly to you, we will not spare any expense, cost, or manpower to find you in whatever hole you’re in to bring you to justice, period.”
At a press conference in Henry County Tuesday night, Scandrett said about 200 officers had spent the past six days hunting for Jackson.
Desai was shot while responding to a domestic call near Keys Ferry Road and Floresta Drive in McDonough on November 4. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital but died around 9:55 p.m. Monday. Desai’s final act of service was to donate several of his organs. He leaves behind his wife and two children.
Also on Monday, Jackson County Deputy Lena Marshal died after being shot during a domestic call in Hoschton on Friday night. Marshal’s partner returned fire, killing the suspect, Jessica Worhsam, 43, who had gone missing in September with her two children and who reportedly had posted video threats to police on YouTube.
Desai is the third Henry County officer to die of gunshots in the line of duty since 2018. Locust Grove Patrolman Chase Maddox was killed Feb. 9, 2018 while helping two HCSO deputies serve a warrant.
HCPD Ofc. Michael Smith died during surgery at Shepherd Spinal Center on Dec. 26, 2018, after he had been shot December 6 trying to disarm a man who was having a mental issue in a dentist’s office.
Both officers left behind two children. Neither met their second child.