He left behind a note to his wife about funeral arrangements.
All indications are that a Myersville man who was shot on Sunday by a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Natural Resources Police Officer was contemplating suicide. That’s according to the Sheriff’s Office, which obtained a warrant and conducted a search of James Jardina’s truck on Tuesday.
They found several bullets, and a handwritten note from Jardina to his wife regarding funeral arrangements, and how to access his 401-K and Social Security to pay any bills.
Jardina, 45, was shot and critically wounded at a park-n-ride lot on Route 66 near Interstate 70 early Sunday morning. He’s currently in critical condition, the Sheriff’s Office says.
Investigators say Jardina was contemplating suicide, either by his own hand or by police officers.
On that Sunday morning, the deputy and the NRP officer gave Jardina commands to show his hands when he got out of his truck. At that time, he turned his weapon on the two officers. The deputy fired 20 rounds from his rifle, and the NRP officer fired 13 rounds. Jardina did not go down, or drop his handgun so the two officers continued firing. Eventually, Jardina did fall to the ground after being hit four or five times. Jardina did not fire any shots at the officers.
The deputy and the NRP officer have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Investigators say the handgun used by Jardina was stolen from a home in Myersville. The owner has been contacted, and he confirmed that his handgun had been stolen. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation into the theft of the handgun.