After abducting a 15-year-old girl and stealing a local police SUV, 20-year-old Jordan Oliver was killed by police in Luzerne County on Sunday night, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.
Nanticoke borough police were called to Greater Nanticoke High School around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, where they found Oliver holding a knife on Samara Derwin, 15.
After police spent some time negotiating with Oliver, Derwin walked away from her abductor and went to wait in a Nanticoke police SUV. Once police attempted arresting Oliver, he pepper sprayed an officer and then jumped in the SUV with Derwin and drove away, the Citizens’ Voice reports.
State police took over at that point, issuing an Amber Alert and calling out the PSP’s Special Emergency Response Team. Police eventually tracked Oliver and Derwin to woods inside Warrior Run borough, according to the Morning Call. There, an officer from an unspecified agency used “deadly force” against Oliver. Police reports to media so far have not contained any further details about Oliver’s death. The Amber Alert was called off about 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
Derwin was released unharmed. The Citizens’ Voice reports that Derwin’s family, her father a Nanticoke police officer, filed for a protection from abuse order against Oliver in May 2019. It was the second time an adolescent female had sought the protection of the courts against Oliver.
The Nanticoke Police Department has not yet returned a call from North Central PA News asking for comment.