A man convicted in September of charges saying he rammed a vehicle driven by the Caldwell County sheriff had another confrontation with deputies early Wednesday and was shot after he pulled out a gun, officials said.
Jordon Tomas Cornell, 27, was driving a 2003 Ford pickup truck about 1:45 a.m. when Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office deputy tried to stop him at the intersection of Deerbrook and Rocky roads in the Gamewell area, according to a press release.
Cornell has been on probation since his release from prison in October, but there were warrants out for his arrest on charges that he violated the terms of his probation.
After stopping briefly, Cornell drove off, and the deputy pursued him from Rocky Road onto Husband’s Creek Road, Capt. Aaron Barlowe said. Another deputy joined the chase, and Cornell finally stopped again on Husband’s Creek Road.
As deputies were approaching his vehicle, Cornell pulled out a handgun, and the deputies fired at him, the press release said.
Cornell was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital with two gunshot wounds. He was treated and later released into law enforcement custody.
He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and two probation violations. His bond was set at $76,500 secured.
The N.C. Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
A handgun was found at the scene, the press release said.
Cornell has a string of previous felony convictions dating back to 2015, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. In Caldwell County, his most recent conviction was in September, when he pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, fleeing to elude arrest, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle.
Those charges stemmed from Dec. 5, 2019, when he led deputies on a chase before ramming a vehicle driven by Sheriff Alan Jones. After his arrest, Cornell head-butted an officer at the jail and said that if he had a gun, he would have shot the officers.
He was sentenced in September to eight to 19 months in prison, but he received credit for the months he had already spent in jail and was released in October to serve three years on probation. If he is found guilty of violating the terms of his probation he could serve another 29 months in prison.
Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.