Huntsville police officers cleared in death of suspect who fought them with hot coals

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An Incident Review Board found officers involved in an incident with a combative suspect on May 31 acted within departmental policy.

The suspect, 45-year-old Curtis David Jordan, died following the confrontation. On May 31, 2015 Huntsville Police responded to the 5900 block of Vinemont Drive around 1:30 in the morning after police say Jordan was having a domestic dispute with a woman believed to be his wife.

Police say she called police when he threatened to set the house on fire.

Upon responding, police say the man threw hot coals in the face of the police officer, whose injuries were minor.

Officials say the man became unresponsive after a scuffle with police. They began to perform CPR until HEMSI transported him to Huntsville Hospital in serious condition.

 

 

The death is considered ‘in police custody’ due to the events before Jordan’s hospitalization. He was to be guarded by an officer until his release because officials say he could have faced charges for assault on an officer.

The Incident Review Board found the actions of the officers involved in the initial contact, struggle, and arrest of Mr. Jordan were within departmental policy. However, to demonstrate professional and unbiased investigations the Huntsville Police Department will request the Madison County District Attorney’s Office conduct an independent review of the incident once the Alabama Department of Forensic Science releases its complete autopsy results.