Flags at half-staff to remember Officer Brian Jones gunned down over the weekend

Posted at 11:39 PM, Jun 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-03 13:09:05-04

The Cottage Drive Civic League met Monday night, three days after an officer who patrolled their neighborhood was gunned down.

Norfolk Police officer Brian Jones was killed Friday night, as a crime scene sprawled over three sites, taking not only Jones' life but that of 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez.

The shooter, James Brown, died as well.

"We realize the sacrifice that they have made by losing a loved one and even though it was in the line of duty, it's still just hard to take," said Catherine Ledsome.

They've gone door-to-door collecting money for Jones' family.

"It's a healing process for us by trying to help, but I'm just hoping it'll say 'Hey, they care,' simple as that," Ledsome said.

The flags are at half-staff on Wellington Road where much of the violence Friday night broke out.

"When one is killed in our neighborhood that makes a total difference," Lesome said.

On the corner, flowers mark another small memorial. Just one more way people are expressing their grief while remember Brian Jones.

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the State Capitol will be flown at half-staff on Thursday in respect and memory of Officer Jones.

The governor also issued an order that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia should be flown at half-staff on all local, state and federal buildings and grounds, as well as any other locality that is deemed appropriate in the City of Norfolk on Thursday.