Son of man in officer-involved shooting investigation speaks to WFFT

Law enforcement agencies continue to investigate the death of Jeffery Jones, the man who was involved in the October 27th officer-involved shooting. Jones died early Thursday.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017 10:42 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Law enforcement agencies continue to investigate the death of Jeffery Jones, the man who was involved in the October 27th officer-involved shooting. Jones died early Thursday.

Jeffery Jones Jr. says his father was more than the man "involved in the October officer-involved shooting incident".

"A great husband as well, he always handled his responsibility as a man and as a family man," said Jones. 

Jones says his father was also very active in the community.

"He was always helping people, philanthropy, and living to missions and rescue missions and things like that."

Jones says his father suffered from bipolar disorder.

" I don't want the wrong message or persona to get out, I just want them to know that he was a good person. "

Thursday around 2 in the afternoon, the Allen County Coroner sent a press release stating that 53-year-old Jeffery Jones had died. Jones had a medical emergency while in jail and taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning. The Coroner's Office was notified of his death around 3 a.m. Thursday.

"We did make contact after the autopsy. Our office did reach out to the family and give them the preliminary findings which at this point in time is nothing. Everything is pending, " said Allen County Coroner’s Office Chief Investigator Michael Burris.

Jones says his family wasn't notified of his father's death until between 9 a.m. and noon on Thursday. Some family members even showed up to his court hearing that morning, unaware he had died.

"I can't answer that. It's my understanding that the family was notified that he was at the hospital on Wednesday," said Burris.

"We have gotten a few calls and condolence calls from officers after his death," said Jones.

Jones says the family still has questions surrounding his father's incarceration and death and didn't get any information from law enforcement after the October 27th incident.

"We were reaching out to them, and they weren't giving us the proper procedures on how they handled the situation," said Jones.

Although the family is taking his death hard, Jones Jr. says they just want to honor his father's memory and get justice.

"There's a lot of pain and hurt at the moment but at the same time we're still trying to prevail and do what needs to be done properly so we can put him to rest," said Jones.

The Coroner's Office says there will be additional testing that will be done before giving the cause and manner of death. It can take up to 8 to 10 weeks to get results.

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