Collinsville fight ends in shooting; victim's cellphone deflects bullet

News-DemocratApril 22, 2014 

— Police are looking for a male suspect they believe shot a man in the leg on Saturday.

Collinsville Police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the 100 block of North Aurora. The man, who was not identified by police, had been drinking with a neighbor, Robert L. Jordan, 54, outside the apartment building where both lived.

According to police, Jordan and the other man got into a fight, and Jordan pulled out a gun. He allegedly fired several shots, one of which struck the man in the leg.

"He was extremely lucky," said Major David Roth of the Collinsville Police Department. "When he was shot, the bullet deflected off the cellphone in his pocket."

Roth said the man sustained only minor injuries due to the protection of the phone.

Jordan allegedly fled the scene in a maroon Dodge van. He has not been apprehended, and there is a warrant for his arrest. Police said they consider him armed and dangerous. Roth said if anyone sees him, they should not approach.

"Do not take action yourself; call your local police department or the Collinsville Police Department and let us handle it," Roth said.

The Madison County state's attorney filed felony charges against Jordan on Tuesday. He is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of weapons by a felon.

The exact nature of Jordan's previous felonies was not immediately known, but Roth said they were drug-related.

If anyone has information about Jordan's whereabouts, they are asked to call Collinsville Police at 344-2131.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.

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