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Police Officer William DeWayne Jones, Sr. | Austin Park Police Department, Texas Austin Park Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

William DeWayne Jones, Sr.

Austin Park Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, May 28, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Committed suicide

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Police Officer William Jones was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop at Zilker Park.

Officer Jones was speaking with the driver of the vehicle when the man opened fire, striking him in the chest twice and the neck once. Officer Jones, who was not wearing a vest, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

More than 200 youth soccer teams were attending an international soccer tournament at the park at the time of the shooting.

The suspect fled the scene, but was spotted several hours later near Houston, Texas, approximately 150 miles away. After a short chase the suspect committed suicide. He had already served time in prison and was currently wanted by another jurisdiction for sexual assault.

Officer Jones had served with the Austin Park Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

A memorial to Officer Jones was erected by public contributions and city of Austin funds in Zilker Park at the intersection of Robert E. Lee Road and Barton Springs Road, near the location of his fatal shooting.

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Hi Dad,

I'm a Junior in college now! Isn't that weird? I have a internship, I have a car; things are pretty neat right now. I'm sorry that you couldn't be here in person to see Jush and I now, but I know you're here in spirit.
A lot of things are happening right now, with police brutality as well as citizens turning against officers. I can only wonder, what would you say about these things?
At my internship, someone says I should write about it, since I am interning at a newspaper; but I don't know. I might make a video about it. I started a YouTube channel, so it might be a good topic to talk about.
Anyways, I know it's been a while since I wrote; but I haven't forgotten about you, I will never forget about you.
I love you

Adrianna Jones
September 27, 2016


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