Marcel Leroy Jordan is a 33-year-old schizophrenic who his parents say has the mind of a child. Today he is lying in a hospital bed, clinging to life after being shot by a Raleigh police officer responding to a call last Wednesday from the Family Preservation Services of North Carolina, a facility that treats mental illness, saying that a patient was attacking a staff member and had a pair of scissors.
“I’m just wondering how do scissors get involved because these are mentally challenged patients that are there,” his mother Gabrielle Brown told reporters from WTVD.
She said that her son is an introvert who typically backs away and retreats when he becomes upset and has never been aggressive before.
“When he gets upset, he closes the door. My understanding is that when they came, my son had barricaded himself and locked himself in the bathroom,” Brown said.
“We call him ‘big teddy bear’ because he is,” his father said.
Jordan spent 7 years in a mental health facility in South Carolina and never had any problems, he has gone to the Raleigh facility for 6 months since the family moved there.
No reason has yet been given as to why the officer, S.C. Nziuki felt that the only recourse available to her was to shoot Jordan in the torso when she arrived on the scene. She has been a member of the police force since May of 2012.
As standard procedure, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) will investigate the shooting and Nziuki was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Raleigh Police Department’s Division of Internal Affairs will conduct its own investigation as well and give its report to the city manager within 5 business days.
Watch the report from WTVD below.