Prosecutors have put more punch into their case against Gary Jackson. He’s accused of stabbing Omaha Police Officer Sophia Jordan and the state is charging him with Assault of an Officer.
Jackson went before the judge Friday. The suspect was in full arm and leg shackles. He was initially booked for Attempted Murder but the assault charge would carry a stiffer potential penalty. He remained in the Douglas County Jail on $500,000 bond Friday night.
A conviction on an Attempted Murder charge would carry a penalty of one to 50 years. A conviction for First Degree Assault of a Police Officer would carry three to 60 years.
When all is said and done, the county attorney may go after Jackson with the habitual criminal tag which would add more years to his sentence in convicted.
In court we learned the 29-year-old lives with his aunt and does lawn care and landscaping for a living but because he's done time a couple times for robbery, this Assault of an Officer charge would be the third strike.
On Thursday afternoon, at the Cubby's at 43rd and Redman, investigators say he used his fists and a knife as he slashed at a Officer Jordan twice. She had just gotten out of her cruiser. She was stabbed in the back.
We're told he dropped the knife as soon as another officer arrived in a different cruiser. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras and the recording is now evidence.
As for the victim, 51-year-old Sophia Jordan has been with the Omaha police force for nearly 15-years. Her condition is improving. It could have been worse.
Police say she kicked Jackson off of her and knocked him to the ground while defending herself. She had two lacerations.
In court, we learned more about the knife. It was nearly a foot long. The blade was five-and-a-half inches.