NORFOLK -- Police Chief Mike Goldsmith released new details in the shooting death of Officer Brian Jones when he addressed City Council on Tuesday afternoon.
On May 30, Officer Jones joined the search for 29-year-old James Brown who had shot and killed 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez during a seemingly random shooting spree. Goldsmith told council members that Brown crashed his car in his front yard and then started shooting.
Officer Jones found Brown's vehicle abandoned and when he went to investigate was shot multiple times by the suspect. Jones died at the hospital. Officer Curtis Allison, who came to assist, was also shot.
On Tuesday, Goldsmith explained that Officer Allison lives near the scene and responded wearing a tactical vest and his badge. Allison was shot in the hip and has been released from the hospital.
It was learned that multiple vehicles were shot by Brown during the shooting spree, including a mom with two kids. Goldsmith said the children were not shot but did suffer minor injuries.
Goldsmith said they've collected hundreds of pieces of evidence in three crime scenes. When asked about the suspect's mental health status, Goldsmith declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
"3 major crime scenes. We have collected hundreds of pieces of evidence." Goldsmith said of ongoing investigation @13NewsNow— Nick Ochsner (@13NickOchsner) June 3, 2014
He described the department as tough and resilient for continuing their job while "going through the toughest thing a department can go through."