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Monday, February 9, 2009

[LA] Former Officer Willie Jones shot, killed

...Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111, toll-free 1-877-903-STOP (7867)...

...[Former New Orleans Police Officer Willie] Jones' career ended shortly after the Police Department's Public Integrity Bureau investigated him in connection with a domestic dispute...

Meg Gatto
February 8, 2009
A former New Orleans police officer, gunned down. The NOPD says 47 year old Willie Jones Jr. was found dead behind the wheel of his car on Chef Menteur Highway early Sunday morning. It happened a little after five. According to police, Jones was involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 10, then took the Chef Menteur exit, lost control of his car and hit a fence. That’s where they found him but police aren’t sure where the shots were fired. One man who says he heard the commotion, thinks it happened off of the interstate. Thomas Hazet says, “I heard a bunch of shots and I was getting my newspaper and I made it back inside and I heard the shots and about five minutes later or less, I heard a lot of police cars.” If you know anything about the shooting, you’re asked to call crimestoppers at 822-1111. [LINK]

WWLTV/ Eyewitness News
Chad Bower
05:54 PM CST on Sunday, February 8, 2009
[Excerpts] Police are investigating the shooting death of an ex-police officer Sunday morning on Interstate-10, according to officials from the New Orleans Police Department. The shooting happened just after 5 a.m. on the I-10 eastbound by the high-rise... Jones first got into a traffic accident on the interstate. Then, he took the Downman road ramp towards Chef Menteur Highway before losing control, going off the road, striking a fence and hitting a parked vehicle inside the fence. Officers responded to the scene, where Jones was pronounced dead inside his dark colored BMW with multiple gunshot wounds to his body... Jones, who was an 18-year veteran of the NOPD, was arrested for domestic battery in July 2006. He resigned later that month. Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111, toll-free 1-877-903-STOP (7867). You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500.00 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person or persons. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. [Full article here]
The Times-Picayune
by Ramon Antonio Vargas rvargas@timespicayune.com
Sunday February 08, 2009, 2:35 PM
[Excerpts] ...911 operators received a report that gunshots had been fired in the area... A security guard patrolling the dealership heard the crash and checked on the cars, Valencia said. He spotted Jones and called 911. When New Orleans paramedics arrived, Jones was dead. He had been shot once in the chest... Jones led an "exceptional" career and won several awards and citations, said Deputy Chief Bruce Adams... He won a departmental citation in 2001 as part of the 5th District's Community Oriented Policing Services unit, a defunct federal program that stationed uniformed officers in public housing complexes. Two years later, Jones earned a Medal of Commendation... Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo said, "By all accounts, he was a professional committed to his community and the department." Valencia said Jones' career ended shortly after the Police Department's Public Integrity Bureau investigated him in connection with a domestic dispute reported on July 5, 2006, when he was assigned to the 2nd District. According to a news release published after the incident, police investigators booked Jones into the Orleans Parish jail with one count of simple battery. The news release said investigators went to Jones' eastern New Orleans home and found his wife had a number of bruises. The department immediately suspended him without pay. Valencia said Jones resigned shortly after. Sunday afternoon, a stream of people passed though Jones' home to grieve and visit with his widow... Meanwhile, Defillo said investigators are pursuing a number of "very promising leads." "I am confident we will identify who is responsible and make an arrest," he added. [Full article here]


  1. Police Look For SUV In Former Officer's Death
    POSTED: 6:09 pm CST February 10, 2009
    UPDATED: 7:07 pm CST February 10, 2009

    NEW ORLEANS -- Police are asking for the public's help in finding the driver of a dark-colored SUV in connection with the shooting death of former New Orleans police officer Willie Jones Jr.
    Surveillance video released by police shows a dark SUV at an unknown intersection.
    Jones was found shot to death early Sunday morning on Interstate 10 eastbound by the Downman Road exit ramp.
    Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found Jones dead inside a dark BMW. Investigators said he had been involved in a car crash on I-10 by the high-rise bridge. He then exited the interstate on the Downman Road ramp toward Chef Menteur Highway, then lost control of his car and hit a fence and another car.
    Police said they are not yet sure when the shooting took place. An autopsy is being conducted.
    Anyone with information about the SUV is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111.

  2. AnonymousJuly 08, 2011

    I know this is an old article, but my prayers and thoghts go out to his family. I was stunned to find out about Officer Jones. He was loved by many and is sadly missed. My only question is, 'after all these years, why hasn't his murderers been brought to justice'? NOPD was quick to bring him to justice on his battery charge, so what's the problem? I pray Justice is served for him.R.I.P. my friend.

  3. I met Willie Jones Jr at Homestead AFB Florida in 1981. We became roommates and best friends. Willies passion was football while stationed at Homestead, boy could he run! One of the nicest young men I ever met. I saw a episode on Cops the TV show and spotted him, I was shocked that he went into law enforcement. I lost contact with him after leaving Florida going to Germany. He had this white Camaro that he loved and took care of on a daily basis. We drove to Disney World many times in that car having fun just getting away from the base. I was shocked to hear the sad news while surfing the internet trying to locate him. My prayers goes out to his family and friends! Take care my friend. Darris Finley!


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