Court Documents: Shooting suspect had violent criminal history

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by Nick Ochsner, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 2:09 PM

NORFOLK -- Documents obtained by 13News Now on Monday reveal more information about the criminal history of the man police say shot and killed a police officer and a 17-year-old boy Friday.

Police say 29-year-old James Brown went on a shooting spree late Friday night that killed Mark Rodriguez, a rising senior at Norfolk Christian Academy, and Officer Brian Jones. Another officer, Curtis Allison, was seriously injured after being shot by Brown.

A third officer shot and killed Brown during a physical struggle as the officer tried to arrest Brown.

Three dead including officer, 17-year-old and suspect in Norfolk shooting incidents

Criminal records confirm Brown pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in January 2011. The charge was originally a felony charge for assaulting an officer, records show, before it was reduced.

Brown was sentenced to one year in the Norfolk City Jail and ordered to be of uniform good behavior for two years.

Despite the sentence and order from a judge, Brown was cited for carrying a firearm in public in July 2012.

Brown pleaded guilty to the charge in August 2012, which accused him of carrying a handgun loaded with more than 20 rounds.

Brown was given a suspended 12-month sentence, conditions on continued good behavior.
 

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