Suspect in St. Croix shooting charged with contempt of court
Published: June 12, 2014
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ST. CROIX - Kirk Jordan, one of two people witnesses identified as suspects in the daylight shootout in D. Hamilton Jackson housing community Monday afternoon remains detained at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility, after being charged with contempt of court.
V.I. Police officers arrested Jordan on Tuesday when he surrendered to police after evading capture for more than 24 hours.
Jordan has not been charged in connection with Monday's shooting, and the contempt charge is in connection with a separate case, in which Jordan was arrested last year and placed on house arrest pending trial.
Jordan's case was assigned to V.I. Superior Court Judge Douglas Brady, who will hold a hearing to determine whether Jordan's conditions of release should be revoked. Brady is on leave until next week.
Jordan was arrested in December on a charge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, stemming from a Nov. 23 incident in which police said Jordan shot local DJ Marvin "Scrappy" Goodwin in the head and failed to notify police or emergency medical technicians in a timely manner.
Jordan said it was an accidental shooting but made a series of false statements in an attempt to cover up how the shooting occurred, according to police.
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 that 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. Two pieces of property and an unsecured bond were posted to satisfy two times the bail amount.
He was ordered released on 24-hour house arrest without the use of an electronic monitoring device and was only supposed to be at home with the exception of going to court, going for medical attention and working at the lumber yard owned by his mother in Estate Glynn.
The warrant for his arrest Tuesday on the single charge of contempt of court came after officers determined he had violated his conditions of pre-trial release in the November case when they could not find him at the home or at the business on Monday and overnight into Tuesday.
In the shooting Monday, emergency dispatchers received calls from housing community residents reporting shots being fired and then follow up calls that two children had been injured as the men recklessly engaged in the gunfight, according to police.
While some witnesses said one of the children may have been grazed by a bullet in the hail of gunfire, police said the children were taken to Luis Hospital where they were examined by emergency room physicians, who determined that one child had a laceration on the arm and the second child suffered some type of bruise to the back. They were treated and released. Police did not say what caused the laceration.
St. Croix Police Chief James Parris said Wednesday that while no arrests have come in direct connection to the shooting, police are still investigating and are not ruling out any of the possible suspects in the case.
He said while Jordan has been named as a possible suspect, police are also looking for Johnny Encarnacion.
Anyone with information about the shooting or Encarnacion's whereabouts can call police at 911 or call the confidential tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.