Officer Warren David Jones

Officer Warren David Jones

Sarasota City Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, April 5, 1975

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Warren David Jones

Officer Warren Jones was shot and killed with his own weapon while struggling with a man stealing gas from an industrial bulk fuel facility. Officer Jones was on patrol when observed a vehicle parked next to the fuel storage containers at the facility. He made contact with a subject and attempted to arrest him. While he was handcuffing the suspect the man was able to gain control of Officer Jones' .38 caliber revolver. As the two struggled for control of the gun the man shot him in the chest.

Officer Jones attempted to return to his patrol car to call for backup but the suspect beat him with his police flashlight. The man fled the scene and Officer Jones was able to call for help. He was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds 90 minutes later. The suspect, who was an ex-convict, committed suicide following the incident.

Officer Jones had been with the agency for two years.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Was reading about the history of SPD, and came across officer Jones story, such a tragic loss of a young life,a man sworn to protect the people of Sarasota. It resonated with me, felt I knew him, Rest in Peace Warren, I will pray that your family still finds peace and feel you are still watching and protecting your brothers and sisters in blue, small wonder why none have died in the line of duty since you took to the eternal patrol, God bless you. A civilian you never met. John McNerney of Boca Raton Florida

John McNerney

October 5, 2021

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