Being a jailbird equipped this habitual criminal with rare skills of concealing weapons. Thanks to the arresting police officers’ lack of thoroughness, three officers almost lost their lives.
Lovelle Jordan, 26, was arrested in connection with a carjacking incident involving a 2018 Porsche. The arresting officers frisked and handcuffed Jordan before putting him in the back seat of their patrol SUV. However, he managed to maneuver his hands to the front and retrieve his weapon that was concealed in the extreme private area.
Jordan fired five times when the police officers opened the car. One officer was struck on the shoulder, and the bullet fragments struck him on the neck. He was admitted with life-threatening injuries and put on a medically induced coma. Two other officers sustained moderate injuries. However, the police officers returned fire, striking and paralyzing the suspect from the chest down.
Cook county prosecutors said Jordan will face six counts of attempted murder, two counts of illegal possession of a controlled substance, one count of felonious possession of a firearm for a habitual criminal, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, being in possession of a stolen vehicle and two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest. Judge Arthur Wesley Willis denied him bail.
“This is a matter where I would be afraid if he were released,” he said.
Jordan was already out on parole for illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. He was arrested several times for drug possession, aggravated assault, fleeing from police, and possession of a firearm as a habitual criminal. He served half of the five-year sentence before qualifying for supervised release. He was just one month out of electronic monitoring before reoffending. Records also reveal that he was not complying with the terms of his release.
Within a month, the criminal commits all the infractions that put him in jail before. He also manages to steal a vehicle and shoot officers. Surprisingly, a habitual criminal qualified to leave prison without completing his sentence. This incident proves that criminal justice reforms are desperately needed to ensure that felons remain behind bars.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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