Dr. Timothy Jorden is currently on the run from police. The Buffalo, New York police department is currently searching for the award-winning trauma surgery who is wanted for questioning in relation to a fatal shooting that occurred at the Erie County Medical Center.
CBS reports that Jorden is a former military weapons expert, may be armed, and is considered dangerous.
City police spokesman Michael DeGeorge didn’t give out any details about the search but did say that Jorden was the subject of a city-wide manhunt.
Earlier today, police swarmed Jorden’s home in Lakeview, New York. The road was blocked leading into the isolated home near the shore of Lake Erie. SWAT members, wearing camouflage, combed the area, and a helicopter searched from overhead. Jorden, however, was not found.
Betty Jean Grant, chairwoman of the Erie County Legislature, said that Jorden was a role model for the black community and that he had never been in trouble before. Grant said:
“It’s tragic that a doctor who saved countless lives might be accused of taking someone else’s life…. It puts a dark cloud over the mission of a hospital that’s dedicated to saving lives.”
ABC reports that Jacqueline Wisniewski, a receptionist at the Erie County Medical Center, was shot and killed in a stairwell at the hospital. Wisniewski was shot four times and police do not believe that it was a random act of violence.
Police are currently searching for Jorden since he was Wisniewski’s former boyfriend.
Heather Shipley, a friend of Wisniewski, said that the couple broke up because Wisniewski believed that Jorden was cheating on her. After the relationship ended, Shipley said that Jorden “wouldn’t let her go.” Wisniewski was also apparently afraid for her live, telling Shipley that “if anything happened to her, that it was him.”
Jordan joined the National Guard in high school and went into the army after graduation. He later joined the special forces as a weapons expert and then as a medic. He is certified in advanced-trauma life support and has won several awards.