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Officer from Salem slain on duty

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

A Livingston County native who became a police officer died following a weekend shooting in Norfork, Va.

Brian Wayne Jones, 34, a Norfolk police officer, was fatally shot after responding to reports of a man shooting at cars along a street late Friday. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he died Saturday. (Obituary, 8A)

Jones and an off-duty police officer exchanged gunfire with suspected gunman James Brown, 29, who attempted to escape in his vehicle. Brown was later fatally shot by officers. One of the bullets from Brown's gun struck and killed Mark Rodriguez, 17, who was sitting in his own car, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Jones was a five-year veteran of the Norfolk Police Department. He was assigned to the traffic unit, crime prevention unit and the third patrol division and a member of the Norfolk Police Honor Guard. Jones was a member of the Norfolk Fraternal Order of Police 3 Commodore Lodge and attended the Potters House Church in Norfolk.

He was the son of Gary and Charlotte Jones of Salem and grew up in Livingston County. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1999 to 2007.

Jones was a member of Lola Pentecostal Church in Salem, beginning as a child in Bible class, and preached for the congregation when he visited his hometown, according to family friend Robert Arflack. He said Jones was doing what he loved and grew up with the dream of becoming a state trooper.

"He was just a lovable guy, everyone loved him," he said. "He was an all-around great Christian man, who loved his wife, kids and his job."

Jones leaves wife Rebekah Jones and children Bryson Jones, 8, Mariah Jones, 6, and Kyler Jones, 3, all of Norfolk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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