Catch of the Quarter 2020 (3rd)
OFFICER DENNIS JORDAN
MIDDLETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT (OHIO)
On August 31, 2020, Officer Jordan was asked to assist with apprehending an individual who was wanted on a parole violation and was also wanted for questioning on a homicide in the City of Hamilton, Ohio. When officers attempted to stop this individual, a vehicle pursuit ensued, taking officer Jordan and other assisting agencies outside the City of Middletown into the City of Mason, Ohio. The pursued vehicle was disabled with the use of stop sticks coming to a stop in the front yard of a residential house. After giving the suspect several commands to exit the vehicle, Officer Jordan made the decision to deploy his K9 partner Koda to assist with apprehending the wanted suspect. In order to complete the apprehension, Officer Jordan used a K9 technique called the "Vehicle Assault." A beanbag gun was used to break the driver's side window. After the window was broken, Officer Jordan gave the command to his partner Koda. At this time, Koda jumped through the passenger side window. When Koda did this, the suspect began firing his gun at Koda and the officers. In the exchange of gunfire between the police and the suspect, Officer Jordan was struck three times. Officer Jordan was struck in the shoulder, in his right hand, and in his leg. As other officers were tending to Officer Jordan's injuries, his K9 partner Koda apprehended the suspect. His K9 partner by apprehending the suspect, kept the suspect from being able to shoot other officers. Due to Officer Jordan and his partner Koda's heroic actions, the suspect was arrested without any further incidence.