A suspect sought in the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer killed himself while barricaded in an apartment, police said.
Jordan Jackson, 22, who allegedly shot Henry County Police Officer Paramhans Desai as he responded to a domestic disturbance call in McDonough on Nov. 4, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff with cops in Riverdale late Tuesday, police said.
“Jackson barricaded himself in a room while the SWAT team … addressed the situation using tactful methods, resulting in the SWAT team being feet away from the suspect,” the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The suspect then took his own life seconds before being captured.”
Desai, a 38-year-old married father of two, died from his wounds late Monday while flanked by his family. His funeral is set for Sunday and a community prayer vigil will be held in his honor Friday, Henry County police said.
A $70,000 reward – including $5,000 from NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal – had been offered for Jackson’s capture as of Tuesday. It’s unclear if anyone will receive the money, WSB-TV reported.
Cops launched a nationwide manhunt for Jackson following last week’s shooting in McDonough. Investigators got a tip that he was hiding out with some friends in Clayton County.
“Let this be a warning and reminder to anyone contemplating any crime, let alone a crime of this magnitude where it involves one of our own,” Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett told reporters at a press conference late Tuesday.
“It doesn’t matter how many days it takes, how much sleep we lose, we will hunt you down and find you,” Scandrett continued. “To the family of Officer Desai, this will not take away the pain, but hopefully they can get some rest and start the healing process.”
Desai, a 17-year law enforcement vet, joined Henry County police last year and previously worked for the Georgia Department of Corrections and DeKalb County police, according to WSB-TV.
An online fundraiser set up in Desai’s memory by his brother said his “only dream” was to work as a police officer.
“As an 8-year-old boy in Ohio, he hoped to one day be attired in blue and protect and serve his community,” the website reads. “Our parents hoped that this was a passing phase, one of those dreams that tend to change with age and time. But that was not the case. Param dug deep, worked hard, struggled and became exactly what he intended to be.”