Family of marine killed in officer involved shooting speaks

Family of marine killed in an officer involved shooting says he was a good man

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) – The family of a former marine killed during a shootout with police is grieving his loss.

Maryville Police say Theodore "TJ" Jones IV, 27, fired a gun at random citizens and officers.

Officers tell us it all began Thursday morning with shots being fired on Jett Road and Eat Broadway Street. One driver told police his car had been hit. Police say Jones also fired at a responding officer's car.

They say Jones was tracked to a vacant business where he shot at an officer.

We're told Jones refused officers' commands to drop his gun, and that's when Maryville Police officers and a Blount County Sheriff's deputy shot him.

Despite the events on Thursday morning, the former marine's family wants the public to know he was someone who fought for our country and was truly a good man.

"Having served many overseas tours, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries," said Stephanie Kirk, his sister.

His service may have come with a price. The marine's father posted on Facebook that his son "suffered another flashback to his combat service as a US Marine. He lost his battle with PTSD."

Jones grew up in Maryville and leaves behind a wife, daughter and an unborn baby.

While Lance Cpl. Jones may have been firing shots at strangers and law enforcement Thursday morning, his family wanted everyone to know there was more to the man who lost his life, after police felt he was a threat to public safety.

"He was a loving, caring man. He laughed, he cried, and he had big dreams for all of our futures, " Kirk said.

The family has asked the media for privacy from this point on. They say they need to grieve.

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