NORFOLK -- Hundreds gathered outside a funeral home in Virginia Beach to pay tribute to a fallen officer who was killed in the line of duty less than a week ago.
A long line formed outside of Altmeyer Funeral Home for a viewing Wednesday night. Law enforcement personnel from near and far showed up to pay respects to one of their own.
Kentucky State Police show up at viewing for Norfolk Off. Brian Jones. Killed in the line of duty. pic.twitter.com/NDsD2XCBfr— ArrianeeLeBeau13News (@13ALeBeau) June 4, 2014
Norfolk Police Officer Brian Jones was shot and killed May 30 while responding to a seemingly random shooting spree in the area of Wellington Road.
Four friends who grew up with Jones in Kentucky were glad to see so many people line up outside the funeral home to pay their respects.
“It's awesome to see such a crowd here to honor a person they probably didn't even know but knowing that he sacrificed and paid the ultimate price; it's just an honor to have known him, “ said Kentucky State Trooper Sergeant Michael Williams.
All four of the men that spoke to 13News Now are in law enforcement. They said this time of year is and will always be especially challenging. They say another friend, who was a Kentucky Sheriff deputy, was gunned down in the line of duty back in June 2005.
"You know in law enforcement this is not the first time I've lost friends in the line of duty. It's a numbing feeling, there are no words to explain it,” Trooper Williams added.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 5 at 11 a.m. at The Rock Church in Virginia Beach. Jones will then be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk.
A fundraiser sponsored by the Police Emerald Society is being held to benefit the Jones' family on Sunday, June 8.