Neighbor: Shooting suspect threatened mother

NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) — The Norfolk Police Department continues to investigate the fatal shooting of a police officer and 17 year-old boy, that ended in the gunman’s death.

James Andrew Brown, 29, is the man police said killed Officer Brian Jones and high school student Mark Rodriguez on Friday evening.

Brown lived on Wellington Road in Norfolk, where Jones was shot and killed. Neighbors said Brown was often alone and installed doors for a living. WAVY.com spoke to Brown’s former employer, who said he couldn’t comment due to the police investigation.

A neighbor who knows the Brown family said James Brown lived with his mother in a house that was boarded up on Monday afternoon. The neighbor said Brown’s mother knocked on his door late Friday evening with her dog in hand. She said her son had threatened her and made her leave the house after an argument. She had recently told Brown he’d have to move out.

Search warrants related to Friday’s shooting are sealed in Norfolk court.

However, WAVY.com obtained court documents from October 2010 that show Brown was previously charged with assault on a law enforcement officer. At the time, the officer was a Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Deputy. Documents show Brown was drunk and assaulted the deputy.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, Paula Miller, said the deputy had been hired by a Norfolk business to work part-time security. Miller said Brown pulled a pocket knife on the deputy. He served 12 months in jail.

On Friday, Brown is said to have fired randomly from his SUV on Chesapeake Boulevard, killing 17 year-old Mark Rodriguez. When Officer Jones located the suspect’s vehicle at his home on Wellington Road, police said Brown fired several shots from inside his house, killing Jones and injuring another officer.

Police said Brown then fled in his SUV. He crashed at the intersection on Galveston Avenue and East Little Creek Boulevard. A third police officer approached the suspect and Brown tried to disarm the officer. The two struggled, which is when the officer fired his gun, fatally shooting Brown.

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