Probation support just part of slain officer's job

Print
Email
|

by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 6:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 1 at 1:42 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On Friday, Oct. 28, Glendale police Officer Brad Jones was just doing a part of his job, but it ended up costing him his life. 

What makes the death more frightening is that Jones and other officers are faced with similar situations every day. We talked with former Phoenix Police officer Paul Penzone, who walked us through the process.

"For patrol officers, it's not uncommon during the course of their duties that they're called to support probation or parole officers," Penzone explained.

That was the situation that Friday night. Ryan Heisler, who has past charges of burglary and unlawful imprisonment, met with his probation officer and Officer Jones. It's not clear what motivated Heisler, 20, to allegedly shoot him.

"You could be dealing with somebody who seems completely cooperative and under control and then the switch flips and they realize they're going to jail and they become extremely violent," Penzone said.

The Glendale Police Department has not said if the parole officer was armed with a weapon.

"Parole and probation officers do have a certain percentage of their population that are armed," Penzone said. "But it's still different. It's not as though they use their weapons every day and it's not as if they're involved in physical conflict on a daily basis."

At the scene, Police say Heisler sped off in Jones' patrol car, before three Glendale officers found him and fired shots. Officers John Rebholz, Michelle Burks and John Davidge are on paid administrative leave, which is protocol after an officer involved shooting.  

In a statement, Glendale police said "In the best interest of the ongoing investigation, and with respect to the Jones family, the Police Department will not discuss specific details related to this tragic situation."

The Glendale Police Officers Coalition and the Glendale Police Department will be holding a candlelight vigil to honor Jones Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Public Safety Memorial at Glendale Civic Center Plaza, 5800 W. Glenn Drive. The public is welcome, even encouraged, to attend.

Public visitation will take place Thursday, Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12951 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.

The funeral service will be Friday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. at Christ's Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria. Jones will be interred immediately after the service at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix.

A memorial fund has been established for Jones' family. The account number for the Bradley Jones Memorial Fund at Arizona Federal Credit Union is 822633. You also may contribute to the 100 Club of Arizona, which supports the families of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

Print
Email
|