Police Officer Bradley Ryan Jones

Police Officer Bradley Ryan Jones

Glendale Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Bradley Ryan Jones

Police Officer Brad Jones was shot and killed while assisting a probation officer during a meeting with a parolee at an apartment complex near the intersection of North 75th and West Glendale Avenues.

When Officer Jones arrived he made contact with the subject in the parking lot. The man suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire, wounding Officer Jones. He then stole Officer Jones' patrol car and fled the scene.

Despite his wounds, Officer Jones was able to radio for assistance and alert other officers to the shooting. Responding officers pursued the suspect until he crashed on West Glendale Avenue. The man attempted to flee, but exchanged gunfire with the officers and was critically wounded.

Officer Jones was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix where he died from his injuries at approximately 1:00 am.

The suspect, 20, hospitalized for several weeks, was charged with capital murder when released. In 2011 the court gave him an absolute discharge, meaning the court found that a murder had been committed by the defendant, but that any punishment of the defendant would be inappropriate and the case was closed.

Officer Jones had served with the Glendale Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and two young children, his parents, three brothers, and one sister.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 15227

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 28, 2011
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released

ambush, convicted felon, parolee

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Hi Brad, its Gil. I wanted to first apologize for taking so long to say hello. I did not forget you. The truth is, I did not take your passing very well.

When I first saw you in briefing, I thought you were an explorer masquerading as a police officer, you were so young and quiet. After some time, you began to slowly loosen up. You reminded me of someone I knew at that age, me. For the next 4 years, you bid on the squad I was on. It was great to have you as a squad mate, as I knew you would do the right thing.

After your passing I did a good job of hiding my grief and sorrow for far too long. You left your truck parked in the station dirt parking lot. For months I parked alongside it because it comforted me, until one day it was gone.

Before I retired, I tried several times to visit you, but I couldn't do it. I would get sick to my stomach and had to turn around or else I would have puked in my car. Even after I retired, I tried again to visit but I only got as far as the exit ramp on the freeway.

I finally got to talk to someone, and it was like taking a huge weight off my shoulders, it did the trick. I finally visited with you. Ok, so I had to lean on that tree to hold me up. And my darn allergies caused my eyes to water like the Niagra Falls. Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

For the longest time I felt like I failed you. I think I have finally forgiven myself for not understanding your transmission, for not recognizing your voice, for not being there when you needed me.

Tonight, I visited the apartment complex. On my drive there I started to feel queasy, but I didn't let it stop me this time. In the few hours I was there, it brought back a lot of memories, a few bad, but mostly good ones of the 4 years we worked together.

Officer Jones, I will visit with you in a few days again.

Just one more thing Brad, I want you to know I miss you, and wish I had spent more time with you.

Officer Gilberto Comparan Gonzalez
Glendale Police Department (retired)

October 29, 2022

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