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Officer Warren David Jones

Sarasota City Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, April 5, 1975

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Reflections for Officer Warren David Jones

LODD map should show 1400 block of Mango Ave.

Sgt Bruce Porter (retired)
Sarasota Police Department

April 8, 2022

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

Rest In Peace officer jones you were the first death of the SPD i hope your the last.

Elijah Zuchelli
SMA Prep Criminology and Forensics Club

March 5, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Jones.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 5, 2019

With every passing anniversary of my fiancé's death, I am always humbled by the outpouring of love and thoughts of a man who meant the world to me. I will never forget hearing the doctor say "We did everything we could". Those words changed me and my life forever. I continue to pray for my law enforcement family. Stay vigilant and come home safe to your loved ones. Thank you Warren David Jones...for your sacrifice and for your love.

Patty Cornish Walls

April 5, 2019

I think of Warren and what happened to him. He passed away on April 5, 1975 at Sarasota Memorial and I was born on April 5, 1975 at Sarasota Memorial. Rest in peace Warren, your sacrifice will never be forgot here.


April 2, 2019

Your heroism will never be forgotten.
I am always saddened when I read about the brave men and women who are protecting our communities without hesitation and reading about the tragedy of Officer Jones only instills in me the deep respect I have for all who serve and protect.
May you rest in peace for eternity.

Jim O'Brien
Nephew of Officer Joe O'Brien EOW 12/24/1968

April 5, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 5, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you Officer Jones are a hero. Continue to rest in peace sir.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

April 5, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Jones. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

I grew up with Warren, where both of our families attended First Baptist Church. Warren's Dad, Eugene Jones was my Sunday school teacher when I was ten yrs old. Warren was a few years younger than me. I think it was a Sunday when I heard of Warren's murder. I was serving at the time with Sarasota Sheriff's Office. Warren was like close family, and it was a shock.
I will always remember, with tears in my eyes, the funeral, where hundreds of officers overflowed the tiny Toal Brothers Funeral Home. When the roll call was given and Warren didn't answer, I still cry as I write this.
I know Warren is in Heaven with his Lord and Savior and that is how we each go on, Looking forward to the day when we will live in ETERNITY with Jesus, our Lord.

Retired Deputy
Sarasota & Lee Counties

November 11, 2011

Continue to rest in peace hero... We will never forget the sacrifice you, your family and the Sarasota PD made for us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


April 5, 2011

You were killed long before I was born but you've become a symbol of our department. My FTOs all took me to the spot you lost your life at and made sure I understood what it means to give my life in the service of my city. I've read articles on you and think about you every time I go on patrol. I went by the place you were killed at last night, I like to keep people from sleeping there. I feel better keeping that spot of the city safe from crime.

You never met any of the guys working now but I feel each of us knows you as though a brother. I thank you for your service and sacrifice. Please watch over us on patrol at night. You will never be forgotten.

Ofc. Vanik
Sarasota Police Department

December 1, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 5, 2010

Rest in peace my brother, God only knows why he took you so soon. You will be truely missed by all


December 21, 2008

Rest in Peace Brother

Ptlm S Scurek
Venice PD

June 8, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 7, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 8, 2007

Warren was one of my best friends in college. He was funny and wonderful, a great friend to all in our circle of friends. It has been thirty one years since this tragedy. It would have been so nice to go through life with this dear friend, to share time with him and his family. Instead , my husband and I still wonder why.....We will always miss him.

Bonnie Moree Rindner
college friend

September 12, 2006

Warren was going to get married the next week. He asked me to switch days off so he could have some weekends. He was killed the night I would have been on patrol.

Vance McLaughlin
CJ Professor-UNCP

April 14, 2005

Rest in peace.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

April 1, 2004

I remember Officer Jones because I was a Police Cadet with the Sarasota Police Department at the time he was killed. In fact, he was engaged to a girl that worked in the Records Section at SPD.

As I recall, a man had broken the lock on a gasoline pump and was attempting to steal gasoline. Officer Jones came upon the suspect, a struggle ensued and the suspect was able to grab Officer Jones' weapon and shot him.

Although I did not know him that well, he was always nice to me. I believe he was the first officer killed in the city. I know he is missed very much.

Robert W. Boatwright

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