BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Sniper attack on a Baltimore City policeman. A man is accused of shooting an officer with an assault rifle. Now investigators think he was targeting the department.
Weijia Jiang has the arrest and the disturbing motive.
Investigators say they don’t know why the suspect has a vendetta against the police department, but they’re certain he does. They say that’s why he tried to kill someone in uniform.
Chey Jordan, 20, is charged with the attempted murder of a Baltimore City police officer.
Investigators say he acted as a sniper and used a telescopic SKS assault rifle.
“It’s a miracle our officer was not more seriously injured or someone else in that block,” said Commissioner Fred Bealefeld, Baltimore City Police. “We know the rounds in that weapon were full metal jacketed rounds.”
It happened just before midnight Tuesday when the 24-year-old officer was responding to a domestic violence call in the 1100-block of Cooks Lane.
The bullet hit the officer’s gun, but fragments grazed his hip.
Many neighbors gathered outside at the time.
“It was such a big gun,” said Roberta Montley, neighbor. “He could have wiped us all out.”
“That is something I can’t even tell you how it affects even thinking walking to my door,” said Nadine Stewart, neighbor. “You just don’t feel safe anymore.”
Police say Jordan lives near the scene on Cooks Lane, but he wasn’t linked to the original call for help, and that he saw the resulting investigation as an opportunity to strike.
“He had some large [animosity] toward the Baltimore Police Department and elected to fire shots,” said Commissioner Bealefeld
Jordan’s ex-girlfriend tells WJZ he’s in the U.S. Army stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas and that he recently returned to Baltimore.
Police tracked him down at home Thursday after a tip came in from the neighborhood.
They found pieces of the dismantled rifle in his car and house.
Jordan is being held at Central Booking, waiting for a bail review.
The officer involved was treated and released from Shock Trauma.