NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — U.S. Marshals have arrested a man for a shooting that injured a 6-year-old boy in Norfolk over the 4th of July holiday weekend.
Police say Ke’Zar Jones fired multiple shots into a residence in the 400 block of Nicholson Street around 10 p.m. July 3. One of the bullets hit a child inside the home in the head. He was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Deputy U. S. Marshal Chris Leuer told 10 On Your Side, “Any crime involving a shooting, especially where a minor child was injured, is certainly serious … This case was obviously a very violent act, so the U. S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force adopted the case.”
According to a news release, Jones was arrested in Norfolk Thursday, after being identified getting out of a vehicle in the 2400 block of Nevada Avenue.
Although not saying why specifically, Norfolk police told 10 On Your Side they frequently work with the U.S. marshals to capture fugitives.
“The Norfolk Police Department also has liaison officers attached to particular federal agencies,” Corporal Melinda Wray said. “Our joint efforts can include, but are not limited to, the servicing of outstanding warrants against violent felons or cases where firearms are used to commit a crime.”
“The U. S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force will often get involved for crimes that meet a certain level of violence, sex offenders or individuals that cross state lines,” Deputy Leuer said. “Our criteria alone, if an individual even shot into a house, we would go looking for that fugitive. Furthermore, if a child was involved, that kind of makes this fugitive more of a priority.”
Leuer told 10 On Your Side they had been looking for Jones around Hampton Roads over the last week.
This is not Jones’ first run in with law enforcement. According to online court records, Jones was charged with a misdemeanor in 2012. He faced three traffic charges in 2014, but the Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said those charges were dismissed. Records show in May of this year Jones was cited for having a controlled substance and was scheduled to appear in court next month.
Officials said Jones is now charged with malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied dwelling and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He is currently being held at Norfolk City Jail.