NORFOLK -- "I tell them every day. Your dad was a hero," Rebekah Jones said Tuesday as she talked about her husband Brian, a father of three and the Norfolk police officer killed in the line of duty Friday night.
On May 30, Officer Jones joined the search for a man firing shots while driving. Officer Jones found the vehicle abandoned and when he went to investigate, he was hit by gunfire. He died at the hospital.
"I have so much to tell. Brian was such a good man," she said.
She showed a photograph taken just last week during a spontaneous trip to Chick's Beach. She talked about their last dinner together and recalled the text message he sent telling her how much he loved her.
The couple met at church and they were planning a cruise to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.
"He had a strong relationship with God," she stressed.
The Kentucky native spent five years on the Norfolk Police force and had served seven years in the Navy before becoming an officer.
He was incredibly proud to be a police officer, she added.
Posts on the Norfolk Police Department's Facebook page state how proud his friends and fellow officers were of him.
Visiting and viewing will be Wednesday, June 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at The Rock Church, 640 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. He'll be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered the state flag be flown at half staff over the Capitol Thursday in respect and memory of Norfolk Police Officer Brian Wayne Jones.
Governor’s flag order for the State Capitol:
Pursuant to §18.2-488.1 of the Code of Virginia, this is to order that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol building in respect and memory of Norfolk Police Officer Brian Wayne Jones on Thursday, June 5, 2014.
I hereby order that the flag shall be lowered at sunrise on Thursday, June 5, 2014, and remain at half-staff until sunset.
Ordered on this, the 3rd day of June, 2014.
Governor’s flag order for the City of Norfolk
Be it further encouraged that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia may be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the City of Norfolk and in any other locality as deemed appropriate, in respect and memory of Norfolk Police Officer Brian Wayne Jones.
I hereby authorize that the flag shall be lowered at sunrise on Thursday, June 5, 2014, and remain at half-staff until sunset.
Authorized on this, the 3rd day of June, 2014.
Terence R. McAuliffe