Man charged with murder in Portsmouth Boulevard shooting

Herbert L. Jones III (Photo: Portsmouth police)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police have arrested a Portsmouth man in connection to a deadly shooting earlier this week.

Mantonio Bunch, 44, was shot just after midnight Tuesday on Portsmouth Boulevard near Deep Creek Boulevard. He died at the hospital shortly after.

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Herbert L. Jones III, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bunch’s family, full of love and faith, say they feel empty without him.

Mantonio Bunch (Family photo)
Mantonio Bunch (Family photo)

“I love him to death. I miss him,” said Calvin Cunningham, Bunch’s father. “I know he’s up there with Jesus, maybe singing in the choir. He loved singing. He loved music.”

Bunch leaves behind three kids, including 25-year-old Shameka Covil, who says she’s happy her father’s alleged killer is in police custody.

“Even though he took my father, I didn’t want anything to happen to him,” Covil said. “So, I’m glad that them people got him off the streets before anybody could have done anything to him. Homicide is nothing to be played with out here.”

Police say Jones should not have had a gun because he is a convicted felon.

Cunningham says his son’s death highlights a bigger issue not isolated to one neighborhood.

“If you can get a gun as easy as you can go to the store and buy a shirt or pair of pants, then something needs to be done,” he said.

Bunch got released from prison in 2012 after serving 11 years for drug charges, but his sister Lisa Bunch says, “regardless of my brother’s past, he was a good guy.”

Court records show Jones recently served nine years in jail for malicious wounding and weapons charges. He’s back behind bars at the Portsmouth City Jail for murder, and he declined to give his side of the story to 10 On Your Side.