Police make arrest on weapons charge in shooting of St. Croix radio personality

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ST. CROIX - After two weeks of investigating a shooting incident and repeated attempts to uncover the truth of the circumstances, detectives arrested Kirk Jordan, charging him only with the illegal possession of a firearm.

Jordan, 38, of Barren Spot made his initial court appearance on Monday before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan after being arrested Friday and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and unauthorized possession of ammunition stemming from the Nov. 23 incident.

According to an affidavit in support of the arrest warrant on the gun charges, Police Detective Leon Cruz said he was called to conduct a follow-up investigation into 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.

Cruz said he contacted Jordan who, during an interview, told police that he and Goodwin went to the shooting gallery earlier that day and Goodwin purchased a firearm cleaning kit.

Jordan said they then 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 Cruz' report.

Jordan told police that he took off his shirt to apply pressure to Goodwin's wound. Cruz said Jordan told police he was afraid that his close friend would die and he left the business to get help.

Jordan said he went to the Sunday Market Square police substation - less than a half mile away - for assistance, but no one was there, so he traveled to the Ancilmo Marshall Police Station a half mile away in the opposite direction where he reported the incident and sought assistance.

Cruz said Jordan was questioned by police the following day and explained how he tried to disarm the firearm before it discharged. Cruz said based on the information from Jordan, he found that the statements were not consistent with the investigation and evidence found.

Cruz said forensic technicians who processed the scene of the shooting reported finding two bullet holes through a carpet in another room and also found projectiles in that room.

He said Jordan was called back in for questioning, and when he was shown pictures of the evidence, he admitted that he lied about the gun, saying then that the gun Goodwin had given him was a 9 mm handgun. Jordan said that after the accidental shooting with that gun, he took a .40-caliber gun and went into the room and discharged the two shots and put the spent casing back in the front room where the shooting took place, because he did not want Goodwin to get into trouble.

Jordan said he left the business, went to hide the gun and then went to the police station, according to the court document.

Cruz said he asked Jordan for the second gun, and Jordan initially said he had thrown it away. However, when police asked Jordan to take them to where he had discarded the gun, he made a telephone call and asked a woman to bring the gun to him at the police station, which she did, the report said.

Jordan was arrested after a warrant was secured for his arrest on Thursday.

This is not Jordan's first contact with the law. He has been convicted previously on second-degree burglary and third-degree assault stemming from domestic violence incidents. His domestic violence convictions prohibit him from being able to obtain a firearm license or carry a firearm legally in the territory.

Jordan was not charged in the assault or with the possession of a small amount of cocaine police said was found in his rental vehicle, as the investigation continues.

Jordan's bail was set at $25,000.

Gallivan allowed Jordan to be released Monday to the third-party custody of his sister after they post two pieces of property and an unsecured bond to satisfy two times the bail amount. He will be placed on 24-hour curfew without the use of electronic monitor anytime outside his working hours at his family's business while the matter is pending.

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

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