- Paramhans Desai, 38, was responding to a domestic incident at a home when he was allegedly shot by 22-year-old Jordan Jackson, who fled the scene.
An Indian American police officer in Henry County, Georgia, is fighting for his life after being shot shortly after responding to a home in McDonough for a domestic incident on Nov. 4. Officer Paramhans Desai, 38, was attempting to make an arrest, when 22-year-old Jordan Jackson, allegedly shot him and fled the scene in a 2016 Honda Civic, the Henry County Police Department said in a statement.
Desai was taken to Grady Medical Center and was listed in critical, news reports said, citing police. A 17-year law enforcement veteran, Desai has been with the Henry County Police Department for two years. He previously worked for the Georgia Department of Corrections and DeKalb County Police. He is married and has two small children.
A manhunt for Jackson is currently underway. He is described as being 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighing around 165 pounds.
In a press conference on Nov. 7, Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett assured that the authorities will find Jackson and bring him to full justice. “Let me be crystal clear, we certainly will not tolerate any individual, regardless of who you are, coming to what we consider to be God’s country of Henry County and harming any of our police officers in any kind of way,” local news reports quoted him as sating. “So Mr. Jackson whatever hole you’re in, I assure you we’re coming to find you, we will place you in custody and we will bring you to justice.”
According to local news reports, investigators and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal are offering a $30,000 reward for any information regarding Jackson. O’Neal lives in Henry County and is an honorary deputy in Clayton County. Similarly, the Harris County Sheriff’s office and the U.S. Marshals Office each offered $10,000 Crime Stoppers Atlanta offered $5,000.
Governor Brian Kemp took to Twitter, asking people to keep the injured Henry County officer in their thoughts and prayers.
Several residents took to the police department’s Facebook page to wish Desai a speedy recovery. Many shared their experiences with him as well.
Jana Beasley told 11Alive of an ancient when she requested a welfare check for her friend and Desai responded. She described how Desai’s compassion helped her during that tough time. ”He was telling me of his father who passed away not long ago, and how it’s hard,” Weasley told 11Alive. “He was very comforting and stayed with me the whole time. He was just very sweet,” she said. “He made a world of a difference.” She said Desai “didn’t seem like just a police officer who I looked at as an authority figure. I’d looked at him as someone comforting. As a friend, even though I had never seen him before.”