Couple allegedly arguing about life insurance policy before murder-suicide

By: Justin Fabiano Email
By: Justin Fabiano Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- More details are emerging about a murder-suicide that happened in the FPL Food parking lot Thursday afternoon.

Emanuel Jordan, 21, shot and killed his wife, Tia Jordan, 40, around 1 p.m. before turning the gun on himself.

Tia Jordan's aunt told News 12 -- before going to interview with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office -- that Emanuel and Tia were having an argument over a life insurance policy. Tia's aunt says Emanuel wanted her to take out another policy for his kids in case anything happened to him, and the argument lasted a couple of days.

Tia and her aunt were together this morning until she says Tia received a call around 12:30 p.m. for Tia to come pick up Emanuel from work and that was the last she heard from Tia.

FPL Food says they take security very seriously. All employees are checked for ID upon arrival, and they are given a clear bag to bring a change of clothes in. The facility is also under video surveillance 24 hours a day, but this shooting was out of the security area.

FPL Food says they will offer grief counseling to anyone who needs to speak with a counselor.

News 12 has also learned that Emanuel Jordan was arrested in 2008 for family violence and simple battery but was never charged. We do not know how long he was married to Tia Jordan.

Below is a timeline of events from Thursday:

8:37 p.m.
News 12 receives an updated statement from FPL Food:
"Outside of the security gates of FPL Food in Augusta, Ga., a male employee shot and fatally wounded a female, who was not employed at FPL Food, and then shot and fatally wounded himself. We are currently working with law enforcement officials and the investigation is ongoing. We are shocked and horrified by this terrible tragedy. We have provided and will continue to provide grief counseling to our employees. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims."

5 p.m.
News 12 has found out that the facility does not allow weapons on the property, so it is unclear how Emanuel had a gun with him.

A family friend, Tamela Herrington, was at the scene and said the following about Emanuel's mother:
"She was on her way to my house, and then she called back, and she says I'm not coming. You know, she just got a call saying her son committed suicide, and I was trying to figure out what are you talking about, but she just told me to come to Shapiro, and I came."

4:44 p.m.
Deputy Coroner Bowen has released the woman's name who was killed in Thursday afternoon's shooting.

Tia K. Jordan, 40, was shot and killed by her husband, Emanuel Jordan.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner at 1:50 p.m. An autopsy has been scheduled at the GBI Augusta Lab for Friday morning.

Both died in the murder-suicide from gunshot wounds.

Police say Emanuel worked at the facility, but Tia did not.

3:39 p.m.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office received the call around 1:18 p.m. that two people had been shot.

According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old Emanuel Jordan fired shots at his wife. Her name has not been released at this time.

Jordan then allegedly shot himself and also died at the scene.

This is the first homicide of 2012 for Richmond County.

3:06 p.m.
Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen has confirmed a man and woman, who were husband and wife, are both dead. Bowen called it a murder-suicide. No names have been released in this case.

2:54 p.m.
News release from FPL Food:
"Outside of the security gates of FPL FOOD in Augusta, Ga., a male employee shot an fatally wounded a female, who is not employed at FPL Food, and then shot and fatally wounded himself. No other FPL Food personnel were involved. All possible threats have been neutralized. FPL Food is working with the local authorities to investigate and gain further information about the incident."

2:47 p.m.
News 12 is currently waiting on a statement from FPL Foods. They said they would get it to us shortly.

2:32 p.m.
News 12's reporter on the scene says two coroner vans have just arrived.

1:40 p.m.
News 12 has just learned of a shooting at FPL Foods on New Savannah Road near Gordon Highway.

Dispatch has confirmed two people have been shot, but we do not know the extent of their injuries.

The coroner has been called to the scene.

News 12 has a crew on the way and will update you when we get more information.


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