NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their brothers, killed in the line of duty Friday night.
Officer Brian Jones, 35, died from injuries sustained after being shot by James Brown.
According to the Norfolk Police Department, visitation and viewing for Officer Jones will be held Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, located at 5792 Greenwich Rd. in Virginia Beach. His funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at The Rock Church, located at 640 Kempsville Rd. in Virginia Beach.
Officer Jones will then be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery, located at 8100 Granby St. in Norfolk.
Additionally, those who wish to send cards and letters of condolence can do so by sending them to the following address:
“Officer Jones served with honor and distinction, and was well respected among his peers,” the Norfolk Police Department said on social media.
Several private memorial funds have been set up for the family of Officer Jones:
- To donate to Brian Jones Memorial Fund go to any BB&T bank and make a 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.
Jones had been with the department for five years and was assigned to the Traffic Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and Third Patrol Division. He was also a member of the Honor Guard.
“Officer Jones leaves to cherish his memory, his wife and three children,” the department said. “He will be fondly remembered for his quick smile, attention to detail, Kentucky drawl and the stories he shared of his beloved family. Officer Jones always stood head and shoulders above the rest at 6’5” and his personality was even taller.”
Carolyn Micale of Norfolk didn’t know Officer Jones, but wanted to bring flowers in his honor near the shooting scene on Wellington Road.
“He’s out there just doing his job and keeping us all safe, and it’s just one day you’re here, and the next you’re not,” she said.
Sunday the memorial outside the Wellington Road home had grown as others in the community left, photos, flowers and other items to commemorate the slain officer.
Yvette Brown, president of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association of Norfolk (CPAAAN) said she had known Jones for years and had seen him Thursday at a civic league meeting.
“I turned on the TV and that was just coming up, and I just bent over. I couldn’t believe it. It just hurt me so badly. I mean, it almost makes me a little sad that he was so brave, but that’s what makes a good officer,” she said.
CPAAAN awarded Jones with Officer of the Year in 2010. “He had successfully enabled the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office to prosecute 46 DUIs and the Commonwealth’s Attorney praised his paperwork because he actually streamlined the paperwork,” Brown said.
At the suspect’s home on Wellington Road, there were so many gunshots, officers labeled them with letters. Neighbor Roberta Howe wanted to make it clear that Officer Jones meant something to people there too.
“I want to tell his family how sorry we are, that we feel their sorrow and their pain. This should not have happened,” she said.
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police has requested that all Virginia law enforcement officers shroud their badges through the day of Jones’ funeral.