Officers nab Virginia shooting suspect

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 10, 2003

MURFREESBORO – A potentially dangerous situation was resolved peacefully Tuesday afternoon when a suspect for a shooting in Virginia with two young children in the car gave himself up without a struggle.

Murfreesboro Police Lt. Chris Sumner said after receiving a bulletin from the Southampton County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office that a shooting suspect had been spotted going into North Carolina on Hwy 258 with two children, two Murfreesboro patrol cars and one from the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office got behind the vehicle.

Radio communications indicated the scenario could become dangerous because Jones had two children with him in the car, but Jones pulled off the road when local officers put on their blue lights and gave himself up without further incident.

Shortly after he was taken to the Murfreesboro Police Department Squad Room for questioning and processing, the two boys, aged about nine and 11, were drinking sodas and laughing at cartoons on television in the dispatcher’s office. They were later picked up by their grandfather.

Southampton County Sheriff Vernie W. Francis Jr. said the shooting was between two brothers – Danny and Edgar Jones.

At the conclusion of an argument between the two men, Sheriff Francis said Danny Jones shot his brother Edgar with a shotgun blast in the back and legs.

Francis said there were at least 10 pellet wounds on Edgar’s back and the back of his legs, but it was most likely birdshot because he was not critically injured and was walking around when deputies arrived at his home.

Immediately after allegedly firing the one shotgun blast, Danny Jones got into his car with his two sons and left. Edgar called the Southampton sheriff to report the incident.

Francis said the shotgun was recovered at the scene and there was no high-speed chase.

Once he is extradited from Hertford County to Southampton County, Francis said Jones would be charged with malicious maiming and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Sumner credited Hertford County Deputy Neal Ambrose and Murfreesboro police officers Mike Patterson and James Dilday with the peaceful capture of the suspect.

Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan also praised those three officers, adding, &uot;I’m glad it turned out as well as it did.&uot;