Alleged robber shot by Grover Beach police might not be mentally competent, attorney says

The 24-year-old robbery suspect shot early Friday morning by a Grover Beach police officer will be medically examined to determine whether he is mentally competent to participate in legal proceedings, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

David Jordan Griffin’s attorney, Michael Adams, declared doubt in court today as to his client’s competency. Two doctors have been appointed to examine Griffin.

Griffin, a resident of Shelter Cove in Humboldt County, is due back in court May 17 for further proceedings. In the meantime, all criminal proceedings in his case have been suspended, prosecutors said.

Griffin is accused of brandishing a machete during a robbery of a Chevron station in Grover Beach early Friday morning. Police reportedly chased him into a mobile-home park, and then he allegedly tried to run officers over with a car.

Lt. John Peters fired five shots, striking Griffin once in the upper leg. Peters has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting by the District Attorney’s Office.

Griffin is also suspected of tracking down sex offenders in Grover Beach to assault them; the day before the Chevron incident, he allegedly attempted to break into one man's home and soon after attacked a man in another home, police say.