Family sues after bulletproof vest fails to save officer

Two years after a shooting at a Waffle House led to a Griffin officer’s death, his family is suing the manufacturer of his body armor.

Widowed wife Tammy Jordan told Channel 2 Action News she hired Attorney Anitra Price and filed a federal lawsuit against Armor Express because the bulletproof vest failed to save the father of seven.

“Somewhere along the line this equipment failed, did not function properly, or was not in proper working condition and that is what we’re trying to sort out here,” Price said.

Officer Kevin Jordan was shot in the back multiple times in May 2014, while working an off-duty security job in full uniform.

Michael D. Bowman, his girlfriend, Chantel Mixon, and Tyler Taylor went drunk to the Waffle House at 1702 North Expressway in Spalding County, a witness said.

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The group used racial slurs and disrespected the ex-Marine, who had been with the Griffin Police Department for four years, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Jordan was on the ground trying to restrain Mixon when Bowman, then 30, “maliciously shot” him multiple times in the back, Officer Mike Richardson with the Griffin Police Department said.

Bowman and Mixon were later charged with murder.

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Tammy Jordan told Channel 2 there are still lots of unanswered questions and “bad days.”

“It’s a lot of anger, a lot of hurt, confusion,” she said.

Price said she hopes to inspect the bulletproof vest the officer was wearing when he was fatally shot.

Neither Armor Express in Michigan nor its Atlanta-based lawyer could be reached for comment.