NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk Police Department family is mourning the loss of Officer Brian Jones, killed in the line of duty the night of May 30, during the apprehension of a suspect. Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith held a news conference Saturday morning to outline the string of tragic events that unfolded.
Here is the full transcript:
Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith:
“On May 30, 2014 at approximately 10:48 p.m. , 29-year-old James Brown began firing a gun at vehicles from behind the vehicle of a Jeep he was driving in the 8400 block of Chesapeake Boulevard. One of the bullets struck 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez inside his car. Rodriguez died at the scene.
Brown continued to fire randomly. Several 911 calls came into dispatch. Multiple police units converged on the area. Within minutes, Officer Brian Jones located Brown’s unattended vehicle in the 7400 block of Wellington Road. Officer Curtis Allison, who was off duty at the time, responded to assist. Moments later, Brown began firing a high-powered rifle from inside his home. Officer Jones was struck several times. Officer Allison was hit attempting to help Officer Jones.
Both officers were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for their injuries. Brown fled the scene after the shooting and threatening a family member.
Another officer noticed brown’s vehicle speeding northbound on Galveston Avenue. The vehicle sped across E. Little Creek Rd. and hit another car. Brown left the vehicle with his gun in his hand and refused to comply with the officer. James Brown fought with officer and attempted to disarm the officer. The officer fired his weapon during the struggle. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officer Allison was treated for a gunshot wound and is expected to make a full recovery.
Despite valiant efforts by police officers, paramedics and the medical staff at Sentara Norfolk General, Officer Brian Jones succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Jones is survived by his wife and 2 young sons and a young daughter. He loved his job, he loved his community. And will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”