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Family: Man shot by Raleigh police is 'big teddy bear'

Posted December 20, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014

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— The family of a 33-year-old man who was shot Wednesday morning by a Raleigh police officer says they have gotten little information from authorities about what led to the incident.

Marcel Leroy Jordan's mother, Gabrielle Brown, said her son has never been aggressive with staff members at the mental-health counseling facility where he was shot. Jordan's father described his 6-foot-3, 300-pound son, who is diagnosed with Schizophrenia, as a "big teddy bear."

A 911 caller said Jordan attacked a worker at the Barrett Drive facility before being shot in the torso by Officer S.C. Nzuiki at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Sources told WRAL News that Jordan allegedly charged at Nziuki with a pair of scissors.

"The problem here is no one is giving information," Marcel Bullock, Marcel Jordan's father, said. "It's baffling right now."

Brown said she has no idea what could have made her son become aggressive. She said he generally retreats and isolates himself when he is upset, and he is with her at all times unless he is at the treatment facility.

"I don't know what actually happened. My son is on a respirator. He can't talk to me. He can't tell me anything," she said. "I don't know how he could have gotten shot because he was at his program where they work with mentally challenged adults."

Jordan remains in critical condition at WakeMed, and he was scheduled to undergo surgery Saturday afternoon.

"Like any other parent you just hold your breath and you're hoping you don't hear even worse," Bullock said.

"Right now, I'm just hoping he makes it through," Brown said. "I just want him to make it through."

Wake County District Attorney Ned Mangum said Friday that he did not anticipate filing charged against Jordan. An investigation of the incident is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Nziuki – a Raleigh police officer since May 2012 – is on administrative duty while the State Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Affairs Unit of the Raleigh Police Department conduct investigations.

That's standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.

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  • flyfish42 Dec 22, 2014

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    That's a good question, too. I'll look to someone other than you to answer that one.

  • ims1924 Dec 22, 2014

    After 26 years with a large NC law enforcement agency, I know for a fact that some teddy bears can be very dangerous. I'm thankful that the police officer wasn't injured or killed.

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 22, 2014

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    I love cops who do the right thing. This guy should be charged with attempted assault on a government official if he tried to stab an officer. You defend police in the most irrational ways. Somehow wanting to charge this guy for attempting to hurt an officer is not "hatred". You are a piece of work.

  • arfamr1010 Dec 22, 2014

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    they don't stop everyone. and tasers are generally used on unruly people who won't comply...they are NOT used as self defense when a person is charging you, armed or not.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 22, 2014

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    Your hatred of law enforcement is interesting. What did they charge you with?

  • disgusted2010 Dec 22, 2014

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    No charges due to his mental condition. Just saved the taxpayers a ton of money as he would never have been found competent.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 22, 2014

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    What ever happened to common sense?

  • nobodyknow420 Dec 22, 2014

    Stop breaking the law and you won't get hurt, shot at, or go to jail! Period! BTW, I'm still waiting for the protesters to start blocking the roadways after the NY cop situation. Where's the outrage for their lives??

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 22, 2014

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    Yet your heroes dont have the intelligence to charge him with ONE crime? He assaulted staff and attempted murder on a cop? No charges? Seems odd to me. Maybe they felt bad for this guy and let him slide? You wannabe authoritarians sure are odd.

  • Brian Jenkins Dec 22, 2014

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    Why not charge him if he try to attack a police officer with scissors? Seems kinda of serious to me. They are letting him slide I guess?????? Cool rant though.

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