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Officer shoots man at Raleigh business while responding to 911 call

Posted December 17, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014

— Police say an officer shot a man in the torso Wednesday morning while responding to a 911 call at a Raleigh office building.

Investigators would not say what led to the shooting, but the situation appears to have started shortly before 8:30 a.m. when a woman at 3824 Barrett Drive, called 911 reporting that a "really, really big" man was hitting a "really small" man.

"We need somebody in this Suite 200 right now," the caller said. "There's a patient attacking one of our staff members."

According to the call, the woman was at a business called Family Preservation Services. According to its website, it offers counseling and social services.

The caller was unsure if the man had a weapon.

Dozens of officers, as well as administrative staff with the Raleigh Police Department, later converged on the area, where nearby roads were cordoned by police tape for several hours, and people in the area were told to stay inside.

Marcel Leroy Jordan, 33, was taken to WakeMed, where he underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon. He was last listed in critical condition early Thursday.

Sources told WRAL News that Jordan had a pair of scissors and charged at the officer when she showed up at the office.

The officer's name has not been released. More information about what happened could be provided next week in a preliminary report to Raleigh's city manager. That's due within five business days.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit are investigating the case – a standard procedure in shootings involving police officers.

Renee Overton was working alone in her office on the third floor Wednesday morning when the shooting happened.

"I was just so flabbergasted and thought, 'What is going on?'" she said.

Overton said she immediately locked her office door and stayed inside for hours.

"The building is surrounded by all these police cars. There's yellow tape everywhere, so I look out the window and think, 'Oh my gosh!'"

She said she is just glad the situation was not worse.

"I was just thanking the Lord that He was looking after everything," she said.


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  • Sandra Elizabeth Dec 18, 2014
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    Ok, here's how the headline reads.

    While the officers were responding to a 911 call, they just shot a man totally unrelated to the 911 call.

  • Sandra Elizabeth Dec 18, 2014
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    Headline is made for the driveby headline readers only. Perfect WRAL...leading the Gruber ignorants by the nose.

    How about ARMED MAN was shot by Officers after 911 called?

  • Sara Hauser Dec 18, 2014
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    could WRAL at least have included "armed" man in headline? A pair of scissors is a weapon.

  • miseem Dec 18, 2014

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    I did not see anything untrue in the headline. And they did include a statement that a witness claimed the suspect charged the officer with scissors. I'm just waiting to see posts by members of the public second guessing the cop.

  • SFSOLDIER Dec 18, 2014

    Kinda ironic that the shooting took place at the "Family Preservation Services." Charged the Officer with scissors...that will get you shot everytime! Good job Police Officer! Go home to your family and relax...

  • Lightfoot3 Dec 18, 2014

    What's with the gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair from the cops-do-no-wrong crowd? Nowhere does WRAL say anything negative about the cop. So far it sounds like a good shoot.

    ""I was just thanking the Lord that He was looking after everything," she said." - article

    Uh, apparently she missed the part about the COPS having to be called to remedy the situation.

  • Tom Smith Dec 18, 2014
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    ah.... freedom of speech. it protects dumb people too!!!

  • Barbara Horton Dec 17, 2014
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    what children are being "abandoned" as you say by the school system?

  • anonymous99 Dec 17, 2014

    No information on the race of either the perpetrator or the officer? How are we supposed to determine who was in the right? /sarcasm

  • Ryan Kurtz Dec 17, 2014
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