NORFOLK -- Flowers and white cross mark the spot on Wellington Road where Norfolk police officer Brian Jones was shot and killed.
He died Friday, May 30, as he responded to a shots fired call. Police say he and another officer located a car that had been involved in the murder of 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez. The suspect, 29-year-old James Brown, was inside a house and opened fire, hitting Officer Jones and wounding Officer Allison, according to investigators.
Allison later confronted and shot Brown.
A candlelight vigil will be held for Officer Jones on Tuesday, June 3. The vigil will start at 7 p.m. in the Third Patrol community room at 901 Asbury Avenue in Norfolk.
Memorial services are set for Wednesday, June 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with visitation and viewing at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 5,at 11 am at The Rock Church, located at 640 Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach. Following the funeral, Officer Jones will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Granby Street in Norfolk.
Police in Norfolk and with many departments and agencies across Hampton Roads will be shrouding their badges with a mourning band until 2400 hours on the day of the funeral, Thursday, June 5.
Officer Jones, who'd been with the Norfolk Police Department for five years, is survived by his wife and three children. He was a member of the Honor Guard and assigned to the Traffic Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and Third Patrol Division.
"Every time a police car come down the street, my kids would be like, 'Oh, there's Officer Brian!' and it just was really nice to have someone protect us like that," said Fairmount Park Civic League member Sandi Azud.
Azud was on her porch Friday night and heard some of the gunfire from the shooting that killed Jones and the sirens that came with it.
"It's very hard to keep going and thinking about it, and every time I hear a siren, we think about it, and the girls are always thinking about it. It's very difficult," Azud told 13News Now. "I was frustrated more than anything, because he was so good for our community, and we loved him. It wasn't just an officer that was here. He was family."
Michael Cherry spoke to Jones about 30 minutes before the shooting.
"He told me, 'I'll see you later on tonight,' and, now, I won't see him again," said Cherry. "I've worked with a lot of officers over the years, and he's in my top five. He was a very good guy. He was honest to his word. He kept his word, and he meant what he said."
The civic league is raising money to help Jones' family with its general needs and to help fund his children's education. The group has information about the effort on its Facebook page.
The Norfolk Police Department says cards and letters of condolence for the family of Officer Brian Jones can be sent to:
The Family of Officer Brian Jones
C/o Norfolk Police Department
100 Brooke Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Donations for Officer Jones family:
Several private memorial funds have been set up for the family of Officer Brian Jones.
--Brian Jones Memorial Fund at any BB&T bank. Deposit into account #000-5536324846. All donations will go directly to the Jones Family.
--Checks and money orders can be made out to:
Fairmount Park Civic League
PO Box 7034 Norfolk, Va 23509
Donations will be collected until 6/30 at which point the civic league will issue a check to the family of Officer Jones.
(For questions about the collection or cash donations please contact Kevin Wagner - Fairmount Park Civic League Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, 757-775-7500 or Sandi Azud - Fairmount Park Civic League Secretary, 757-339-9020)