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U.S. Marshals, CPD SWAT, and CPD K-9 Team Up to Arrest Pennsylvania Murder Suspect in Columbus

For immediate release

Daniel DeVille, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal

Southern District of Ohio
Columbus, OH
(614) 469-5540

Columbus, OH – The U.S. Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST), Columbus Division of Police (CPD) SWAT, and a Columbus Division of Police Canine (K9) Unit arrested fugitive Jashon Gordon on October 2, 2023, on an outstanding arrest warrant from the State of Pennsylvania.

Jashon Gordon was wanted by the Johnstown Police Department in Pennsylvania for Criminal Homicide, Aggravated Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Firearms Without a License. On September 22, 2023, Gordon was charged by a Cambria County Court for allegedly using a firearm to kill Emerald Nugent Jr. and for wounding a female victim in Johnstown, PA. The U.S. Marshals led Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force (WPAFTF) adopted the fugitive investigation and received information Gordon had fled the state. WPAFTF coordinated the investigation with the U.S. Marshals team in Columbus. With the assistance of CPD SWAT and a K-9 Unit, Gordon was quickly and safely apprehended in the 5000 Block of Mall View Court early this morning. Gordon is now in custody at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Jail pending his extradition back to PA.

“The United States Marshals Service, through its fugitive task forces, aids other law enforcement agencies when needed to bring those who try to run and hide to justice. Because of our ongoing collaboration with the Columbus Division of Police we were able to promptly remove this alleged murderer from our community so he can face his charges in Pennsylvania.” - Michael D. Black, United States Marshal.

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive-focused, U.S. Marshals Service-led task force consisting of local, state and federal authorities including the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bexley Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, Capital University Police Department, Delaware County Probation Office, Groveport Police Department, Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster Police Department, Mount Vernon Police Department, Ohio Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal, Office of Inspector General Social Security Administration, United States Attorney’s Office, Utica Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Whitehall Police Department, and Zanesville Police Department.

Anyone with information on any fugitive may submit an anonymous web tip.

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