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Deputy Sheriff William Birl Jones | Roane County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Roane County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

William Birl Jones

Roane County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 33 years

Badge # 730

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Mistrial

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Deputy Sheriff Bill Jones, and a retired police officer who was participating in a ride along with him, were shot and killed when they were ambushed by two brothers who held a grudge against the region's law enforcement agencies.

The two men opened fire on Deputy Jones' patrol car as he pulled up in front of their house to serve felony warrants for aggravated assault on the men. Despite being struck by numerous rounds, Deputy Jones was able to return fire, striking one of the suspects in the arm and leg.

The wounded suspect was arrested at a local hospital after seeking treatment. The other suspect turned himself in the next day. One of the suspects received a mistrial twice on charges of the first degree murder of Deputy Jones. He was acquitted of murdering the retired police officer.

Deputy Jones was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Roane County Sheriff's Office for only nine months. He had previously served with the Rockwood Police Department, Crossville Police Department, Harriman Police Department, and Cumberland County Sheriff's Department. He had a total of 33 years of law enforcement experience.

He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, two stepsons, mother, brothers, and sisters.

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My brother- my hero. You were always there for me. I miss your bear hugs, they said more than words ever could. My grandson Austin has inherited that hug from you. I'll never forget you calling him thumper because his leg quivered like thumpers when you held him. We went to the memorial service of your 10th. It was a good one but every time I attend one it feels like we've just lost you all over again. I heard some great stories about you though and will always cherish them. They gave mom a plaque stating they were naming a portion of I-40 after you and Mike. I still miss you so much it hurts!

Rose Jones
July 16, 2016


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