Police Officer Brian Jones Norfolk Police Department, Virginia End of Watch: Friday, May 30, 2014

Police Officer Brian Jones | Norfolk Police Department, VirginiaNorfolk Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer Brian Jones

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia
End of Watch: Friday, May 30, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 30, 2014
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Michael Goldsmith
Norfolk Police Department
100 Brooke Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 664-3277

Police Officer Brian Jones was shot and killed from ambush in the 7400 block of Wellington Road while investigating an earlier shooting.
Shortly before 11:00 pm the subject had been randomly firing his gun at citizens as he drove down Chesapeake Boulevard, killing a 17-year-old boy. A short time later Officer Jones located the vehicle parked outside of the subject’s home on Wellington Road. An off duty officer responded to back him up and, while they were assessing the situation, the subject opened fire on them with a high powered rifle from inside his home.
Both officers were wounded in the gunfire. They were both transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where Officer Jones succumbed to his wounds.
The subject fled the scene in his vehicle but was located by another officer. After the vehicle crashed the subject exited with a firearm and began struggling with the officer who pursued him. The subject was shot and killed during the ensuing struggle.
Officer Jones was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Norfolk Police Department for five years. He was assigned to the Third Patrol Division. He was survived by his wife and three young children.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A string of violent scenes unfolded across Norfolk late Friday night. When it came to an end, three people were dead, including Norfolk Police Officer Brian Jones.

During a Saturday morning news conference, Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith explained the timeline of the tragedy, which began around 10:48 p.m.  That’s when emergency communications received many 911 calls about shots fired in the area.

Chief Goldsmith says 29-year-old James Brown was firing a gun at vehicles in the 8400 block of Chesapeake Boulevard, from behind the wheel of the Jeep he was driving. One of the bullets struck and killed 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez, who was inside his car.

“Mr. Rodriguez was in a vehicle. Mr. Brown was in a vehicle. Mr. Brown was randomly shooting from his vehicle and Mr. Rodriguez was  in the wrong place at the wrong time,” explained Chief Goldsmith.

Officer Brian Jones spotted Brown’s unattended Jeep in the 7400 block of Wellington Road. Officer Curtis Allison, who was off-duty at the time, responded to assist Officer Jones. As both officers were assessing the situation, Brown began firing a high-powered rifle from inside his home. Chief Goldsmith says Officer Jones was hit several times. Officer Allison was also wounded.

The officers were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Officer Jones passed away early Saturday morning. Officer Allison was treated and released.

After the Wellington Road shooting, Chief Goldsmith says Brown fled in his vehicle. Another officer spotted him speeding northbound on Galveston Avenue, then down E. Little Creek Rd. where he hit a vehicle. Brown exited his vehicle after the crash with gun in hand and refused to comply with the officer. Brown fought with and tried to disarm the officer. The officer fired his weapon, fatally wounding Brown.

The entire police department family is mourning the loss of 35-year-old Brian Jones. He leaves behind a wife, 2 young sons and a young daughter.

“As the Chief, my heart goes out to his family, my heart goes out to the people who worked with him. You know, I’m a cop, just like everybody else is. So this hurts, when one of us go, especially in the line of duty like this,” said Chief Goldsmith.

Officer Jones was a member of the Norfolk Honor Guard and was assigned to the Traffic Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and Third Patrol Division.

Police are still trying to piece together the entire course of events, which involves multiple scenes and numerous witnesses. Anyone with information that could help detectives is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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2 Responses to “Police Officer Brian Jones Norfolk Police Department, Virginia End of Watch: Friday, May 30, 2014”


  1. 1 Eric Medei May 31, 2014 at 21:10

    RIP Officer Jones…As a former Norfolk Police Officer from 2000-2005, a part of me dies whenever a brother Officer is gunned down in the line of duty. I will always bleed Norfolk Blue. I pray for your wife, children, and your Norfolk family. You are a true HERO.


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