Knife-Wielding Man Shot by LBPD was in Special Ed

Long Beach police said the officer-involved shooting followed a 9-1-1 call by David Jordan's stepmom, who reported he threatened her but also yelled that he wanted officers to kill him.

The knife-wielding , fatally shot by Long Beach police after his stepmom reported he threatened her and wanted officers to kill him, was a special education student before he graduated high school.

Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou said Thursday that Jordan graduated Lakewood High School in June, 2012, where he'd attended a Special Education transitional program (Grade 13).

A neighbor of the family said that Jordan was a college student.

Jennifer Perez, public information officer for the North Orange County Community College District, said that Jordan was in the school of continuing education located on the Cypress Community College campus. She said the school of continuing education is a non-credit education provider and that Jordan started the program the summer of 2011; he was enrolled through this term.

Classes began Monday, Sept. 10. Jordan was fatally shot the following afternoon.

A Facebook page with a David Jordan of the same age identified him as a Cypress College student living in Long Beach who listed "preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ" under his interests. The profile picture of a smiling and bearded young man was posted Sept. 8.

Few other details were known immediately about Jordan. Long Beach Police Department issued a brief statement at 6:48 p.m. stating it would release no more information into the officer-involved-shooting until three investigations are completed.

From Long Beach Police Department's spokeswoman Nancy Pratt:

"At this time, we will not be releasing additional information regarding the officer involved shooting involving David Jordan, due to the ongoing investigations being conducted by the Long Beach Police Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.  Investigative processes for officer involved shootings are quite extensive, and we are confident that at the conclusion of these investigations, we will be able to address questions surrounding this incident."

Previously, the department released details of the case Wednesday, the full text of which can be read here.

Jordan's stepmother, who was not named, called LBPD via 9-1-1 at some point, although the time was not disclosed. Long Beach Police Department provided the following narrative:

Officers were called for help because Jordan threatened her, and yelled that he wanted police officers to kill him. There was another female in the residence in the 1900 block of East Hardwick Avenue, and when officers arrived, they were concerned that Jordan might take the women as hostages or injure them. It was not disclosed what amount of time transpired from the officers' arrival to the shooting. Multiple officers, although the number was not disclosed, were on the scene but one officer went to the front door, and after one of the females "contacted" Jordan, he lunged at the officer, who shot him, and at the same time or after, Jordan threw a second knife.

Officers at the house immediately performed CPR but Jordan died.

Late Wednesday, someone who described "my mother"  calling Long Beach police, decried the media reporting of the police information provided about the shooting. And the comment on the brief Grunion Gazette news story asserted that Jordan had autism, had the mental capacity of an 8-year-old and had just learned to ride a bike.

The commenter said Jordan's medication had recently been changed because it caused liver problems and made him sick. Addressing police, the commenter said:

"My mother told you he wasn't going to hurt anyone..And you idiots go in there shooting up the f----- place!!!"

With additional reporting by LBReport.com

jen rose September 14, 2012 at 07:40 PM
What relevance is the special ed part of this?
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Hard to know, but how someone responds to police commands may, for instance, be a factor.


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