Police hold vigil for Norfolk officer killed in shooting rampage; services to be held Thursday

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jun 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-04 17:01:33-04

Hundreds filed out of Norfolk's third police precinct building through doors that fallen Officer Brian Jones once walked through nearly every day.

They were there to honor his life and service.

"Mentally, it's very tough to know that you've lost an integral part to the force. Brian was that integral part," says Officer Daniel Hudson.

Jones died in the line of duty Friday. We are learning more about his actions that night. They were nothing short of heroic.

"That wasn't even his area, but he decided to go above and beyond what was called of him and put his life on the line," says Hudson.

“It was a shots fired call and he went to it. No questions asked? No questions asked. Not for Brian," says Officer Carrie Maglalang.

His widow, Rebecca Jones, stood strong lighting the first candle.

"He was not only an excellent officer, but he was an excellent friend," says Hudson. "Officer Jones is a hero because of what he did that night."

Jones had only served with the department for five years, but in that short time, officers say he made an impact.

"When people saw him they saw that the police department was here for him and he was there for them,” says Officer Odell Davis who worked closely with Jones.

They were both community resource officers.

"You know, to lose anyone is tough, but losing a fellow officer is really tough," says Odell. "There was nine and now there's eight, but we still have nine because Brian will always be in our hearts.”

There will be a viewing on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and the funeral will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rock Church, 640 Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach.

Police departments, fire, EMS and citizens are expected to attend Jones' funeral and traffic is expected to be extremely congested in this area near and around the procession route.

The procession will proceed as follows:

From  Rock Church located at 640 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach

To the intersection of Kempsville and Princess Anne Road turning left onto Princess Anne

The procession will continue on Princess Anne to the intersection of Princess Anne and Newtown Road

Turning right on Newtown Road and continuing to the I-264 on ramp.

From I-264  to I-64 to Granby Street and from Granby Street to Fairlawn Cemetery.

The service at the church starts at 11:00 a.m. and the internment is expected to take place at approximately 1:30 p.m.

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