Man charged in St. Croix shootout now faces federal firearms charges


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ST. CROIX - Federal charges have now been brought against a St. Croix man already facing myriad charges in two shooting incidents in the last seven months.

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed charges in District Court on Wednesday charging Kirk Jordan in a two-count information with the federal crime of felon in possession of a firearm and the local charge of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

According to an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, law enforcement officers said they were called to investigate a shooting incident that took place at ABS Printery in Western Suburbs some time after 5 p.m. Nov. 23 in which radio personality Marvin "Scrappy" Goodwin was injured and Jordan admitted to police that he shot the man, but said it was an accident.

The affidavit filed in federal court outlines that there is just cause for the charges because Jordan had been convicted previously of second-degree burglary and third-degree assault stemming from domestic violence incidents in 2005.

His domestic violence convictions prohibit him from being able to obtain a firearm license or carrying a firearm legally in the territory.

The affidavit gave more details of the crimes, adding that police found Goodwin lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head and spoke with Jordan about the shooting.

According to court documents, Jordan told police that he and Goodwin went to the business, which is owned by Goodwin's family, and Goodwin asked him to clean the gun. Jordan said as he proceeded to disarm the firearm, he accidentally squeezed the trigger, causing it to discharge, striking Goodwin in his head, according to the report.

Officers collected a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun and a .40-caliber shell casing, a 9 mm shell casing and other items, concluding that two firearms were involved. When Jordan was asked about the second gun, he first told police that he had thrown it away, then later called his girlfriend to bring the firearm, according to court documents.

Jordan was arrested on local gun possession charges in December, but the federal charge, now coupled with the local charge would mean significantly more prison exposure for Jordan if he is tried and convicted.

Police still have not been able to take a statement from Goodwin, who continues to recover from his injuries, so they have not yet completed the investigation or charged Jordan in connection to that November shooting.

Jordan's bail in that case was set at $25,000, and at the time, Magistrate Jessica Gallivan allowed Jordan to be released to the third-party custody of his sister.

However, he was arrested June 7, after reports to police that he was one of two people involved in a gunfight in D. Hamilton Jackson housing community the day before. When police went to look for Jordan at his home and job, they learned that he was not staying at his court-ordered address, and he was charged with contempt of court.

On Monday he was rearrested along with Johnny Encarnacion and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and gun possession in connection with the June 6 shootout.

Tuesday morning, V.I. Superior Court Judge Douglas Brady conducted a hearing on the contempt charge and determined that he would revoke the conditions of release against Jordan stemming from the December gun charge arrest.

Federal prosecutors have also filed a motion - which was granted - ordering the warden at the prison to make Jordan present and available for his advice-of-rights hearing, which has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday in District Magistrate Court.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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