Virginia gunman kills police officer and teenager in shooting spree

By Amanda Holtzer,

James Brown, 29, randomly fired shots out of his vehicle Friday night, killing Mark Rodriguez, 17, in Norfolk, Virginia.

When police officer Brian Jones, 35, responded to the scene, Brown fatally shot him with a high-powered rifle from the doorway of his home. Brown then died during a struggle with another police officer.

WTVR reports that Brown was seen randomly firing a gun from a red vehicle, as he drove Southbound on Chesapeake Boulevard around 11 p.m.

One of the bullets struck and killed Rodriguez in his vehicle. Rodriguez died of injuries at the scene.

Brown continued firing his weapon randomly and police received several 911 calls. Jones found Brown’s vehicle near his home in the 7400 block of Wellington Road. Brown fired a high-powered weapon from inside his home and struck Officer Jones several times. Jones died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

WVEC reports that Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said, “He’s trained, he responded, he did everything he was supposed to do. My heart goes out to the family, my heart goes out to anybody that worked with him.”

Curtis Allison, an off-duty officer, came to assist Jones at the scene. He was shot while trying to assist Jones, but has been treated and is expected to make a full recovery.

Brown fled from the scene and crashed into another vehicle. He then fought with and tried to disarm a police officer. The officer then shot and killed Brown.

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